Nasarawa govt. purchases vehicles to aid immunization

Nasarawa government has purchased 13 Hilux vehicles for effective monitoring of immunization against killer diseases across the state.

Mr Silas Agara, the state’s Deputy Governor said at the reviewed meeting of the state committee on Routine Immunization and Polio Eradication Initiative.

Agara said that the vehicles will be deployed to Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC) in each of the 13 Local government areas of the state.

He said the vehicles will go a long way to strengthen immunization through effective monitoring and supervision towards achieving the target goal.

He commended the task-force for its effort at eradicating polio in the state, adding that government is poised to improving healthcare service delivery in the state.

Agara, also the chairman of the committee, lauded the contributions of critical stakeholders such as traditional rulers and development partners for the successes recorded so far.

He assured donor agencies that the state government will judiciously utilize their funds towards improving the healthcare needs of the people.

In a remark, Dr Daniel Iya, the state Commissioner for Health, said the meeting was to review the response activities for polio outbreak between October and December 2016.

Iya appreciated the support of the traditional institutions in the area of advocacy, which had made parents favourably disposed to allowing their kids to be immunized.

He called on stakeholders not to relent as the task of eradicating polio and other childhood killer diseases require the collective responsibility of all citizens.

Similarly, the ‘Etsu Karu’, Chief Luka Panya-Baba assured that the traditional institution will continue to work so as to ensure community participation in the routine immunization exercises.

“I believe that if we all stand up and become more interested in what is happening around us, we should be able to eliminate the disease or reduce it to the minimum in our communities”, he said.