Abia State Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu has reiterated that the present administration will do all in its power to upgrade the status of Health Care Centres across the State to sustain provision of quality health care to Abians.
Sir Oko Chukwu who gave the assurance during a meeting he held with members of Abia State Immunization Taskforce Council at Government House, Umuahia appealed to Health Development Partners, Agencies and other stakeholders to do their best for the benefit of Abia children in the area of Routine Immunization.
The Deputy Governor and Chairman, State Immunization Taskforce Council said the essence of the meeting was to discuss and make updates on how far they have gone in immunization coverage in Abia State in terms of recent developments and appreciated them for their efforts and cooperation which have taken Abia high across the nation such as coming first in COVID 19 vaccination in the South East Zone.
He used the forum to announce the flag off of the Rota virus vaccine exercise on 22nd November at Aba North LGA Headquarters and called on Field Workers, LGA Chairmen, Partners as well as the Media to continue to support the immunization exercise through funding, creating necessary awareness and sensitization on the importance of the exercise to enable the State achievements recorded so far.
In their remarks, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr Eze Chikamnayo, his Ministry for Health and Basic Education Counterparts, Dr Joe Osuji and Chief Ukwu Rocks Emma and that of Women Affairs, Nne Joy Urenta advised that the Media should be carried along to ensure effective planning and execution of the immunization exercise.
In his update on routine immunization in the State, the Executive Secretary, Abia State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Chinagozi Adindu disclosed that Abia won various awards in COVID 19 vaccination and Primary Health Care Services and stressed the need for citizens to get their children vaccinated with the newly introduced Rota virus against diarrhea diseases.
Dr Adindu solicited for release of Counterpart Funds by the State Govt relevant Agencies as well as support from stakeholders to maintain the tempo of success achieved so far.
The meeting which featured inputs and goodwill messages from Chairmen of Ohafia, Ikwuano and Ukwa West Local Govt Areas and Representatives of UNICEF and World Health Organization, as well as State Chairman CAN and State Chief Imam attracted the presence of the Chairman Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers and other members of the State Immunization Taskforce Council.
By Charles Ogbonnaya