Second round polio immunization holds in May – Commissioner

The Oyo State Government says the second round of National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs) will hold from May 6 to May 9 across the state.Dr Azeez Adeduntan, the State Commissioner of Health, announced the dates in Ibadan.

The first round of the NIPDS held from March 25 to March 28 in the state when it targeted 1.6million children of age 0 to 59months for Oral Polio Vaccines. The state had also targeted 1.7 million women of child bearing age for vaccination against Tetanus.

Adeduntan said that children would be given oral polio vaccination and all missed routine antigens against Poliomyelitis, measles, hepatitis, diphtheria and yellow fever, while pregnant women would be immunized against Tetanus toxoid.

He advised parents and care givers to bring their children and wards from 0-59 months of age for immunization, noting that Vitamin A would also be administered on children from the age of six months to five years.

The Commissioner explained that enough personnel have been engaged to conduct the exercise.“The exercise will be conducted across the 33 Local Government Areas and the newly created 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of the state.The exercise is to ensure that all children are immunized against the diseases,” he said.

Adeduntan commended community, religious and traditional leaders as well as  other stakeholders in the state for their cooperation in ensuring the smooth conduct of the exercise during the first round.

He urged all stakeholders to continue cooperating with immunization officials so as to successfully conduct the second round of the exercise.“We are impressed with the level of compliance by parents, care givers and other stakeholders. We want them to continue to cooperate with us and this will facilitate quick response in preventing diseases and addressing other emergency situations in the state”, he said.

He explained that the state is committed to eradicating polio and he also advised parents to utilize the opportunity and immunize their children. “The immunization is free as well as safe, and routine vaccination continues after the campaign at health facilities across the state,” Adeduntan said.

NAN/Adama.L