The Imo state government has kick started campaign and immunization against polio between children zero to five years.
The wife of the state governor, Ebere Ihedioha, who spoke during the flag off ceremony of this year’s national immunization plus days campaign at Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of the state, said that the government was committed to eradicating the disease.
The wife of the governor who counselled parents and guardians to immunize their children and wards, said that the health of the children was a priority to the state government.
The first lady said that regular immunization would drastically reduce child morality rate in the state.
She said ” this program is essentially a polio campaign initiated under polio eradication initiative in Nigeria that aims at immunizing at least 95 % of children from zero to 59 months with oral polio vaccine in all the LGAs regardless of their immunization status. ”
“This is in a bid to reduce zero dose rate increase routine immunization coverage and promote integration of other child survival strategies. This will not only move us one step closer to maintaining a polio free state ,but also help our dear state reduce child morbidity and mortality.”
She said that the vision of her husband, Emeka Ihedioha, to making the state a health tourist state may not be archived if parents and guardians did not regularly immunize their children and wards.
The Speaker of the state House of Assembly,Collins Chiji , who was the chairman of the flag off ceremony said that the legislature was committed to assisting the governor archive his goals as it concerns the health sector.
Chiji, who told parents and guardians to take the ample opportunities provided by the organizers of the immunization program, said that a polio free Imo meant that the future of the state was bright.
The Speaker said ” the governor of our state meant well for Imo state. We, at the state House of Assembly will help the governor through legislation to ensure that we have a heathy Imo state. We must protect our children against polio.”