Friday, 25 March 2016

Parents Charged To Immunized Children Against Killer Diseases

By Anyanwu Damian

Parents and caregivers have been called upon to ensure that their children and wards are immunized against child killer diseases.

Ahiazu Mbaise LGA TC Chairman, Chief Cletus Onwuegbule made the call at a 1-day training for LGA supervisors and ward focal persons, vaccinators, recorders and community leaders on the 2nd round National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs) billed to commence Saturday, 19th and ends Tuesday 22nd March 2016.
He appealed to traditional rulers, religious and community leaders to sensitize the people on the essence of immunization and urged heath workers to ensure that no child under 5 years was left uninmunized against  Wild Polio Virus (WPV) which she asserted was the major cause of deformity among children.

Chief Onwuegbule, represented by the Area Information Officer, Mr. Damian Anyanwu thanked the Imo State Ministry of Health, the National Primary Health Care  Development Agency (NPHDA), UNICEF and partners for regular immunization programmes and urged the people to take the advantage to improve their health and well being.

In their separate speeches, the LGA Head of Department (HOD) Health, Mrs. Callista Chimezie, the state technical facilitators,   Mrs. Joy Nwahihia and Mrs. Uche Onyeneke charged the immunization teams to take the exercise serious, be through and conduct themselves with decorum in the discharge of the assignment.
They reechoed need to revisit households and advised that cases of rejection should be reported promptly for immediate  interventions.

The Local Immunization Officer (LIO), Sanitarian Donatus Ohaka said the immunization teams would go house to house to administer Oral Polio Vaccine (0PV) to children 0-5 years irrespective of their immunization status while children 0 - 11 months will receive other routine immunization vaccines in the health centre or outreach posts nearest to them and must be presented with their immunization cards.

Highlighting benefits derivable from immunization, the LGA Social Mobilization Officer, Mr. George Umunakwe reiterated that the vaccines do not only boost immunity against diseases,  they also affirmed that they are free, safe and potent.
The LGA Cold Chain Officer, Mrs. Monica Nwachuckwu advised vaccination teams not to expose the vaccines to heat and sunlight to prevent loss of potency.
On their parts, the Sister-in-charge of Oru health centre, Mrs. Joy Onyemegbulem and the LGA Health Educator, Mrs. Rose Anyanwu beckoned heads of schools and faith base organisations to allow vaccinators
access to the children, stressing that the good health of one is the good health of all.



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