Federal Government has been commended for its effort towards ensuring that the future of Nigerian children are not truncated by measles, polio and other child-killer diseases.
Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed made the commendation at the Flagg-off of the 2018 Measles Vaccination Campaign held at the General Hospital, Ilorin, the state Capital.
Governor Ahmed who described measles as one of the killer diseases, especially among young children, said the Federal Government must be given kudos for fighting tirelessly to ensure that killer diseases among children were wiped out of the country.
He expressed displeasure about the World Health Organisations report that says Nigeria tops the list of countries with poor measles vaccination records with about three point three million children yet to be immunized.
The Governor said the report had made the state government to put strategies in place to reduce the burden of measles and place high premium on Primary Healthcare in Kwara State.
He however called on parents and caregivers not to deprive their children to secure future and healthy life on a basis of cultural and religious belief
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Olaitan Adefila assured that the vaccination would be administered to children at both government and private health facilities in the state, to ensure no child was left out of the exercise.
In her remarks, the Executive Secretary, Kwara State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Abimbola Folorunso appreciated the state government for her support towards ensuring a successful immunization exercise.
There were good will messages from Representatives of the World Health Organisations, United Nations Children Education Fund UNICEF and other dignitaries
BY FATIHAT OLAITAN/ILORIN