Fashola Flags Off Immunisation Campaign In Ipaja, Underscores Need For Vigilance
…As over 18,500 benefit from free Health Mission, Immunization in 3 days
Mar 1, 2013 - Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Friday flagged off the March 2013 Polio Immunisation Plus Days Campaign and Eko Free Health Mission at the Ayobo- Ipaja Local Council, stressing that immunization of children is the only antidote against the childhood killer disease of wild Polio.
The Governor who spoke at the Ipaja Mini Stadium in Ayobo added that despite the fact that Lagos has been Polio free in the last four years; the disease is still prevalent in some parts of Nigeria which necessitates the need for the immunization rounds to continue.
He maintained that Lagos is daily playing host to several thousands of adults and children who believe that it is a home that they can live in adding that for such people and their children the only way Lagos can remain free of the Polio Virus is for every child from age 0 to five to be immunized.
Governor Fashola stated that since the exercise commenced in the Ayobo-Ipaja LCDA, several children have been immunized against the child killer disease of Wild Polio while many of the residents have also been treated against various diseases.
He reminded every adult that if they can walk about freely with steady gaits, it only means that their parents were very concerned about their health and took Polio immunization for them when they were children, adding that they should do the same for their children when they are still at tender ages.
According to the Governor, if everyone concerned plays their active roles in the quest to tackle the Polio menace, the child killer disease would be a thing of the past in the country.
The Governor reinforced that the free booklet which the state Government launched recently on mother and child care that keeps all the details of the child from conception to the age of 12 should have records of all immunizations.
He reiterated that government believes that children should be immunized so that they can be given the best preparation against the disease to face the challenges of life and growing up.
Noting that though the immunization vaccines are free, the Governor explained that they have not come to the government free because they were procured with tax payers money, stressing that that represents what the tax payers get when they pay their taxes.
He said the medical health missions have been taking care of the health needs of the people in terms of screening for diabetes, and hypertension, HIV AIDS screening and blindness prevention programme, cancer awareness and screening programme including the offering of surgical operation for those in need of it.
Governor Fashola who also spoke on the security of the neighbourhoods , said landlords should compile bio data of their proposed tenants and also seek to establish their identities by requesting that well meaning people be brought forward to act as their referees when they are seeking to rent houses.
He said the people should also be watchdogs over their environments by asking questions about new faces or unfamiliar faces that they see in the neighbourhoods, adding that through it criminals can be nabbed and criminals' plots nipped in the bud.
He also urged the residents of Lagos to continue to be good ambassadors by paying their taxes and also be vigilant and security conscious.
The Governor said due to popular request from the members of the community on the need to extend the medical mission, he has granted a two day extension of the service between Monday and Tuesday so that it can take care of more people.
On the Ayobo- Ipaja Road which is undergoing construction, the Governor appealed to the residents to exercise some patience with the State Government on the project adding that what has slowed down the project is the relocation of some NEPA poles, gas and oil pipelines which runs across the road project which the contractor could not handle.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris in his address, said since the Medical health Mission commenced in Ayobo Ipaja three days ago, over 18000 people have benefitted while over 500 children have also been captured in the immunization against Polio drive campaign.
The Chairman of Ayobo-Ipaja Local Council Development Area, Hon Yusuf Adisa said since the Eko Free Medical programme started, the residents of the council area have benefitted immensely from various medical services which include general consultation and free medical services, nutritional assessment of the children, general basic and uncomplicated surgeries, simple dental procedures, eye consultation and screening with provision of glasses and eye surgeries.
The representatives of the World Health Organisation, Dr Richard Banda in his message of goodwill thanked the Governor and the good people of Lagos State for their gallant efforts to kick Polio out of Lagos.
He drew attention to one dangerous trend which he said have been noticeable in the last two rounds where there have been instances of refusals in a number of schools, churches and the elites in Lagos to allow administration of the vaccine.
He urged all parents to ensure that all the children are available for the vaccinators so that they can receive the two drops of Polio required to protect the children against the childhood killer diseases.
In their testimonies, two of the beneficiaries, Mr Ayo Olofintuyi and Mrs Olabisi Adegboyega commended the State Government for providing them with free medical attention and surgery.
The event was witnessed by members of the State Executive Council including the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Dr (Mrs) Yewande Adeshina, Hon Bisi Yussuf representing Alimosho I, the Chairman of the House of Assembly Committee on Health, Hon Suru Avoseh and Local Government Chairmen in the area as well as traditional rulers.
The Governor later administered the Polio immunization on some of the children present at the event.