WorldStage Newsonline—- Oyo state government has promised to vaccinate about 1.2 million children in its 2018 measles vaccination campaign.
The Commissiner of Health, Oyo State, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan who disclosed this at the event to flag off the campaign in the state said the programme will target 1.2m children between the ages of nine months to five years.
Adeduntan said the vaccination will be carried out in two phases, phase 1 and phase 2. He said the vaccination will cover 17 Local Government Areas (LGAs) during the first phase of the campaign, between 15 -20 march 2018 and that 16 LGAs will be covered in the second phase from 22-27 March 2018.
“We don’t want to leave anyone behind during the vaccination, that’s why we divided the campaign into two phases. We have social advocate going from house to house to reach out to people in intense areas,” he said.
The commissioner advised parents to make their children available for vaccination as the vaccination does not kill children and doesn’t affect their mental attitude.
Adeduntan said: “We are here to support the goal of this government to make sure that our mothers and children don’t die prematurely, more or less to achieve global standards in terms of maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rate”.
He said the government has made provision for two different vaccination posts, the fixed pose at the local government areas and Mobile post in churches mosques and palaces.
Dr. Lanre Abass, Executive secretary, Oyo state Primary Health Care Board, noted that 8,000 individuals have been deployed, to serve as vaccinators, town advisers, recorders and social advocate so as to address the hard to reach areas.
He said, “The house to house advocates, about 61 out of the deployed 351 have started moving from house to house since six days ago. We are not relying on social mobilizations on television”.