By Monday Ajogun
Benin – Edo Government has tasked the newly sworn-in council chairmen and councilors to join in sensitising rural dwellers on the need to make their children available for immunisation.
It said this would assist the Obaseki’s administration in actualisng its 100 per cent coverage of the exercise.
The State Deputy Gov. Philip Shaibu gave the charge on Thursday in Benin while addressing chairmen and councilors on the need for effective Primary Health Care Delivery at the local government level.
Shaibu informed them that the government had been able to raise the rating of immunisation coverage to over 80 per cent, while their support was needed to reach the state’s target of 100 per cent coverage.
He advised them to personally take charge of the immunisation process in their domain and reach out to stakeholders in areas identified as non complaint.
Mrs Faith Iyere, the State Coordinator of Word Health Organisation (WHO), urged the chairmen to ensure quick release of counterpart funds and ensure areas of non compliance were strictly monitored.
Mr Patrick Agunede, the Council Chairman of Esan West Local Government, promised to address peculiarities in the area to ensure every child in the state was fully immunised.
Agunede said that he had met with traditional rulers, religious leaders and village heads on the need to make their children available for immunisation.