Ekiti State Government has flagged off additional Immunization routine to prevent outbreak of meningitis and other killer diseases among children in the state.
At the ceremony in Ado-Ekiti, the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi said that the vaccine was introduced to strengthen the health system and reduce morbidity, Mortality as well as others communicable diseases that could spread to the state.
Represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Tade Aluko, the Deputy Governor explained that in 2017 about fifteen thousand cases of meningitis were reported in the Northern part of the country, hence parents need to join hands with government in Ekiti to prevent diseases and untimely death among children.
Otunba Egbeyemi noted that the vaccine would help to boost children immunity against outbreak of diseases.
The Chairman, Governing Board, Primary Health Care Development Agency, Mrs Monisola Oloro said it was a good step to vaccinate children against life threatening childhood diseases through Immunization, with an appeal to nursing mothers to take advantage of the vaccine.
Mrs. Oloro explained that children from age zero to eleven months would be captured in the Immunization Programme.
Representatives of World Health organization WHO, Dr Olufunmilola Kolude and UNICEF, Mr. Adeyinka Adeogun advised parents to ensure that their children completed all routine Immunization.
Programmes in order to achieve zero percent killer diseases in Ekiti and promote healthy environment.