Gov. Ikpeazu Charges Health Workers On Containing Spread Of Polio Virus

Abia @ 30: Unedited Broadcast of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu
Abia @ 30: Unedited Broadcast of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie lkpeazu has flagged off the 2nd Round of Outbreak Response, OBR for Polio vaccination campaign with a call on Health Workers in the State to brace up and meet the challenges of the campaign to contain the spread of the virus, using the novel vaccine nOPV2.

Dr lkpeazu who made the call while flagging off the 2nd Round of Outbreak Response (OBR) for Polio vaccination campaign held at the Umuahia South LGA, Apumiri, Ubakala also enjoined Traditional Rulers, religious leaders, Parents and stakeholders to be involved by ensuring that children from 0-59 months, or 0-5 years are given two drops of nOPV2 and other Routine Immunization Antigens according to schedules in Health and Immunization centres nearest to them.

READ ALSO:   Nigeria’s public office holders risk pay cut as RMAFC begins review of officeholders’ pay

The Governor represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu disclosed that the first round of the OBR campaign was successfully implemented between the 19th – 22nd June 2021 in all the LGAs with some levels of non-compliance in some areas of Aba South and Ukwa East and reaffirmed the state government’s commitment to the success of the 2nd round.

He said the greatest challenge facing all and the present administration is to sustain their love and concern for Abia children by tenaciously sticking to the immunization of every single child in the State, irrespective of their previous immunization status as this will save the lives and mortality of under 5 years children as well as contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals No 3 which is “Good Health And Well-being For All Ages”.

READ ALSO:   'We have made tremendous progress in practically every facet of governance'-says Ikpeazu as he marks 5 years in office

The State’s Chief Executive commended the unwavering efforts of the Federal Govt through the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency and partners like WHO and UNICEF for their commitment in the support for maternal and child survival in the State by meeting their obligations in the partnership.

Gov. Ikpeazu Charges Health Workers On Containing Spread Of Polio Virus
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu represented by his deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu vaccinating children during the OBR flag off in Umuahia South

In his remarks, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Osuji represented by the Permanent Secretary, Deaconess Franca Ekwueme pointed out that the child and health friendly Governor, Dr Okezie lkpeazu is not relenting in his resolve to protect every child in the State from being affected by the Polio virus said the vaccine is a potent tool that reduces the spread of the poliomyelitis virus and encouraged mothers to present their children from 0-5 years for vaccination to save them from deadly childhood diseases.

READ ALSO:   2023: Abia Speaker Embarks on Consultation Visit to Umuahia South

Presenting his address, the Chairman, Umuahia South LGA, Chief Humphrey Benson represented by his wife, Mrs Esther Humphrey stated that the flag off is a proactive step taken to prevent the new strain of the virus identified in Aba River in Aba North LGA from transmitting and infecting humans and advised everyone to take the immunization procedures seriously.

Disclaimer: shall not be liable to Opinions, Articles or Features that doesn't emanate from any of its staff and management. We also wish to reiterate that such personal or sponsored opinion, article or feature does not reflect the views of the publishers of, but the writer's
For publication of your news content, articles, videos or any other news worthy materials, please send to | For Advert and other info, you can call 09061217047 or send a WhatsApp Message to 09061217047

The ceremony which featured a goodwill message on behalf of other Health partners from the WHO representative, Dr N E Okoro, administering of the vaccines on the children and presentation of gifts to mothers attracted the presence of the Chairman Ikwuano LGA, top Government Officials and stakeholders in the health sector.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.