Governor’s Wife Flags Off Rotavirus Vaccine in Kwara State
By Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin
The wife of the Governor of Kwara State, Dr Olufolake Abdulrazaq has flagged off the introduction of Rotavirus vaccine into the routine immunisation schedule in the State.
During the flagoff that was held in Ilorin, Dr Abdulrazaq said the introduction of the vaccine stands to put an end to diarrhea caused by Rotavirus and mortality of children.
The First Lady stressed that the launching of the Rotavirus vaccine into the state’s routine immunisation schedule was a major milestone in the push to protect Kwara children against vaccine – preventable diseases.
She, however, enjoined parents and care givers to avail their children and ward the opportunity the launch of the vaccine presents by bringing them out to get vaccinated.
The first Lady who is also the Founder Ajike People Support Center, commended the State Government for the huge investments in ensuring that the people enjoy the best of health care.
On his part, the state Commissioner for Health, Doctor Raji Rasaq, applauded the First-lady for her support of the State’s health initiatives.
Dr Raji stated that globally, rotavirus infects nearly every child under five years, so the the vaccine would protect children against preventable diseases.
Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Communication, Mr Bode Towoju enumerated numerous achievement of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, especially on public health interventions, and enjoined parents to make use of opportunity.
Earlier, The Executive Secretary, Kwara State Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Dr. Nusirat Elelu stated that the Rotavirus vaccine is “part of the comprehensive strategy to control dehydrating diarrhea among children.
According to her, introducing Rotavirus vaccine will reduce illness and death from diarrhea diseases by about 40%, saving more lives of children under five years of age.
She also urged all mothers and caregivers to take their children to the nearest health facilities to get their children immunised.