Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko addresses Polio Eradication and Immunization Task Force Committee

 

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From left: Chief of Staff to the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Kola Ademujimi; Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju; Governor Olusegun Mimiko

The Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko on Wednesday 23rd March, 2016, delivered an address at the meeting of Task Force on Polio Eradication and Routine Immunization. The meeting was held under the initiative of Polio Eradication Initiative Task Force (PEI TF). In his address, the Governor emphasized the importance of tackling polio in Nigeria and measures the Ondo State Government is taking so Nigeria can continue to maintain its zero status…..See below for his address;

 

Polio 3“I welcome you all with great pleasure to this meeting of the State Task Force on Polio Eradication and Routine Immunization. I sincerely appreciate the effort of all stakeholders involved in the fight against polio as the State has consistently remained Polio free since the inception of this administration.

Presently, there are only two countries (Afghanistan and Pakistan) that have never stopped polio transmission. The global incidence of polio cases has reduced by 99%. However, tackling the 1% of polio cases has proved to be difficult even as political instability, hard-to-reach populations and poor infrastructures continue to pose challenges to eradicating the disease. Thus in 2013, the global polio eradication initiative launched the most comprehensive plan for complete eradication of polio.

It is important to note that, the last case of wild polio virus detected in Nigeria was on 24th July, 2014 leading to the removal of Nigeria from the list of Polio endemic countries by the World Health Organisation on 25th September, 2015. It was a major victory for the nation’s polio eradication effort, and now Nigeria, is at the last lap to certification as a Polio-free country.

As long as a single child remains infected (from Pakistan and Afghanistan that are still harbouring Polio infections), children in all countries are at risk of contracting this vaccine-preventable disease since the world is a global village. So we must not relent in our efforts in the fight against this disease in the State in order to ensure it remains polio free. We shall do this by strengthening our surveillance system, improve routine immunization and maintain high quality campaigns.

In the quest for the eradication of polio from Nigeria and to make it maintain the already achieved zero status, the polio Eradication initiative Task Force (PEI TF) was inaugurated at the Federal, State and the Local Government levels. This is the First quarter meeting in the year 2016 for review of routine immunizations activities; lessons learnt and the way forward.

Immunization has been identified as a cost effective way to prevent childhood killer diseases and to safeguard young lives. It is therefore the responsibility of individuals and communities to ensure that immunization service is effective because immunization against vaccine preventable diseases is a collective responsibility. I wish to particularly welcome the caretaker Chairmen of the Local Government Councils to this all important Task Force on polio eradication in the State. As a key Stakeholder in health care delivery in the various Local Government Areas in the state, it is hoped that your presence at this meeting will translate into positive impacts on Polio eradication in your LGA.

I want to use this medium to reiterate my administration’s commitment to providing effective immunization services to the good people of Ondo State, especially mothers and the children.

The development partners such as WHO, UNICEF, NPHCDA, GAVI and other non-governmental organisations have played significant roles towards polio eradication in Nigeria. Your commitment and dedication to this task in Ondo State have greatly contributed to the successes recorded in the health sector in the past years.

I like to acknowledge the great effort of all past and present members of this Task Force towards ensuring that Ondo State is not only Polio-Free but, providing leadership for Polio eradication in Nigeria.

Finally, I wish to commend the Hon. Commissioner for Health, Ministry of Health, State Primary Health Care Development Board, and all health workers for your effort at ensuring that zero-Polio status is maintained in the State.

Thank you and God bless.”

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