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