The Executive secretary, Kwara state Primary Helathcare development agency (KWPHCDA) has encouraged mothers and caregivers to avail their children the opportunities to get vaccinated.
Elelu made this call while addressing newsmen earlier today at a press conference organized to commemorate this year’s world immunization week.
According to her, “Immunization prevent debilitating illness, disability and death from vaccine-preventable diseases. When vaccines are combined with other health interventions such as vitamin A supplementation to boost their children’s immune systems, provision of deworming medicine, growth, monitoring, and distribution of insecticide-treated nets to prevent malaria, immunization becomes a major force for child survival.”
“In addition, the benefits of immunization are increasingly being extended to adolescents and adults, Providing protection against life-threatening diseases such as influenza, meningitis and cancers that occur in adulthood.”
Vaccines provide benefits beyond health outcomes including averted medical costs and reduced time spent by parents and health care workers caring for sick children. These saving accrue to families, communities and nations as improvement in education, economic growth and poverty reduction. One study reported that increased coverage of new and underutilized immunizations delivered in Gavi-eligible countries could deliver a rate of return on investment of 18%.
“Vaccines have been indiscriminately saving lives since 1796. The first smallpox immunization was a fight back against disease. For the first time, it gave everyone a chance”
Speaking further, Elelu commended Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for his commitment to immunisation (both routine and supplemental immunisation programmes).
She noted that the Abdulrazaq’s led administration has demonstrated his belief in immunization by constituting a Task Force on Immunization and Primary Healthcare (PHC) under the chairmanship of the deputy governor, Mr Kayode Alabi, who provide oversight function for immunisation activities in the state.
“Similarly, the governor has provided an enabling environment for immunisation and immunisation activities by making funds available for implementation of immunisation campaigns.”
“We shall continue to strive to ensure that the vaccines are made available even as His Excellency continue to strive to see that our facilities are upgraded to attract clients and barriers of access are removed for everyone to be able to access these vaccines.
“I also encourage mothers and caregivers to avail their children the opportunities to get vaccinated and all stakeholders to continue sensitisation for uptake of vaccines among children and adults” She concluded