Oyo State Government has called on parents and guardians to ensure their children are immunised against measles for healthy living.
Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Lawal made the call during the flag-off of immunization against measles at Oniyanrin Primary Health Care, Inalende, Ibadan, on Thursday.
Mr Lawal, who identified the benefits of immunisation to children to include, prevention of deafness, high body temperature and dampness, commended the World Health Organisation (WHO), and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), for being in the forefront in sustaining quality health care delivery.
“I’m pleading to parents and guardians to take good advantage of this opportunity to immunise your children to ensure that our children are healthy”.
Earlier, Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Taiwo Oladipo explained that dry season is fast approaching, noting that there was the need to commence the immunisation exercise to curb measles-related deaths in children between the ages of nine months and five years.
He explained that it was also to demonstrate to its partners that the state is actually working with its goals and aspirations for women and children. “This is just a Flag-off you will see a movement of teams around the 33 local governments for the immunisation.”
“The federal government, state and partners really had to look into the provision of vaccination to ensure that children under five are actually well immunised”
In their goodwill messages, Zonal Cordinator, WHO, Dr Ayodeji Isiaka and Head of UNICEF in Oyo State, Mrs Ada Iseagwu, expressed their readiness to continue to support the state in strengthening its health services delivery.
Two parents, Mrs Blessings Joseph and Mrs Sekinat Olayiwola expressed satisfaction with the immunisation that was administered to their children to prevent unforeseen health challenges.
The measles immunisation is expected to last for eight days