The Ondo state government has reiterated its commitment towards health care delivery services, pledging not to rest on its oars until the state achieves 100 per cent immunisation coverage.
The state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, made this commitment at the flag off ceremony of the February round of the National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs) which held in Akure, Ondo state capital at the weekend.
Akeredolu, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, said it was his administration’s resolve to continue to support immunisation activities and this, it has done consistently, making the state rank among the best in the country.
In his words, “The result of this unwavering commitment is the great improvement in routine immunisation which has taken the state from 68% in 2018, to 86% in 2019, which is above the national benchmark for performance.”
He added that the target of the State is 100 per cent as the failure of one child to take the Oral Polio Vaccine and other vaccination is a collective failure and a looming danger for the immunity and public health space of the state .
The governor further opined that the regular funding of Primary Healthcare Agency and its activities has brought about great reduction in the neonatal as well as under-five children mortality and morbidity.
He thanked stakeholders for their support and for accepting the health interventions of the government while urging them to step up intensive mobilisation activities.