The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye has said 736,000 doses of vaccines had been moved to cold chain stores in the local governments across the State in readiness for the State wide immunisation exercise.
Ipaye disclosed this during a sensitization meeting with Chairmen of Local Government and Local Council Development Areas in the State at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, on the upcoming 2018 measles immunization exercise.
‘’As I speak to you, 736,000 doses of vaccines had been moved to cold rooms in local governments, what we expect you to do is to be on top of this process, go back home, ask your medical officers, what are in your possession based on the direct information that you have,’’ he said.
The Commissioner charged the council bosses to make use of all available resources to mobilize parents and care givers to bring out their children and wards between the ages of 9 – 59 months old so as to ensure that no eligible child was left out
He also urged them to address and resolve the issues of rejection of vaccines by some members of their different communities, saying the State Government had committed huge investment at ensuring healthy citizenry through the provision of quality and effective vaccines.
Speaking at the event, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Measles Consultant to the State, Mrs. Precious Odika, said the rate of measles endemic in Ogun State was low compared to other States of the federation, urging parents and guardians to keep safe the vaccination card that would be issued during the exercise for future record purposes.