Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

ABIA STATE GOVERNMENT PARTNERS WITH UNICEF AND WHO.

The state government through the Primary Health Care Development Agency in partnership with UNICEF and World Health Organization yesterday flagged-off Rotavirus Vaccination in the seventeen Local Government Areas of the state.

Performing the exercise which will end on Tuesday next week at Aba North Local Government Headquarters, the Deputy Governor – Sir Ude Okochukwu said that the present administration will remain committed towards replicating the global and Federal Government health Policies in the state so as to give its citizens good living.

Sir Okochukwu represented by the Commissioner for Youth Development – Chief Charles Esonu advised parents to protect their children from the deadly virus that spreads easily among infants and young children and cause severe diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain leading to dehydration.

The Deputy Governor, who is also the chairman Taskforce on immunization said the routine virus process should be taken serious by parents who he encouraged to present their children for the vaccination and thanked all the partnering agencies for their support.

Speaking the Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Osuji represented by the Permanent Secretary – Deaconess Franca Ekwueme explained that the vaccines would reduce death among children below two years.

Also, the Executive Secretary, Primary Healthcare Development Agency – Dr Chinagozi Adindu disclosed that the State has about 919 immunization centers with one hundred and eighty-seven thousand doses of the vaccines and called on parents to take their children to the centers for vaccination.

In their goodwill messages, the State Coordinator of WHO, Bala Nasiru, the Executive Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency – Dr Faisal Shuaib represented by Mrs Lami Lebechukwu and the State Director Health Education – Mag Onwu on behalf of UNICEF commended the State government for being supportive to all health-related issues.

They noted that the virus vaccine which has been added to routine immunization will help achieve the goal of vaccinating many children by August 2023.

Our Aba zonal Correspondent Chinyere Francis Anyaogu reports that the flag off featured administering of the oral vaccine on the children by the Deputy Governor’s representative and other personalities present during the exercise.

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