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query_builder September 11, 2019 18:21:23


By Nnedinma C Okeke :

Awka, Sept. 11, 2019 (MOI) Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu says the state is ready to carry out its Supplementary Immunisation Activities (SIA).

``The vaccines lined up for the activities are Yellow Fever, Meningitis (Men A) and Measles second dose campaign,’’ Ezenyimulu said this during State Social Mobilisation Committee (SSMC) meeting at ASPHCDA Office, Awka.

She noted that SIA called for concerted effort from the SSMC as there was Yellow Fever outbreak in neighbouring Kogi State recently.

She urged the people in charge of information dissemination, especially in Churches to read out the announcement, the way it was written in the letter.

``This is to ensure that the announcement serves its purpose, so that people will be well informed to avail themselves and their children of the opportunity,” she said. 

State Health Educator, Mrs Uju Onwuegbuzina said the meeting was to enable SSMC to suggest suitable strategies to be used in making the upcoming SIA effective and successful.

``This is because all upcoming campaigns are injectable and most times when children are given too many injections, some parents begin to object it, saying that they have been given enough.

``The SSMC will bring out strategies that will be effective so as to avoid non-compliance or rejections during the SIA.

``Another objective of the meeting was to remind SSMC of their roles and responsibilities as advocacy, communication and social mobilisation officers,” she added.

UNICEF Communication for Development (C4D) Consultant, Mr Felix Okocha said that they had done the mapping of stakeholders at which professional bodies and all sectors were well represented.

According to him, some of these stakeholders are the Governor and his Deputy, Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Commissioner for Health and Executive Secretary, ASPHCDA.

Others are Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Commissioner for Finance, Accountant-General and corporate organisations such as banks, state and local government taskforce.

Also included are Commissioner of Police, Civil Defence, Road Safety, Rotary International, Tricycle Operators, Market Associations, Media Organisations, Traditional and Community Leaders Council, Red Cross, Women Leaders and Town Unions.

He urged appropriate use of the stakeholders at different levels in order to get down to the grassroots.

Okocha, then, noted that various surveys showed that Churches were good avenues in reaching people.

A representative from Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Pastor Godwin Onwurah noted that the Churches were always ready to announce health campaigns in the state.

``We will do our best in whatever we can to support the campaigns as we are totally in support of health programmes in the state.” (MOI)