Mr John Damap, Chairman, Pankshin Local Government in Plateau, has said that his administration will continue to partner with development partners in delivering health care to the people of the area.
Damap made the pledge on Wednesday at the launching of routine immuñisation against Meniñgitis for children of between the ages of nine and 15 months in the area.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the exercise was to ensure that routine immunisation is strengthened in the area for children to have access to available life saving vaccines.
Damap, represented by Mr Benjamin Gofup, Suprvisory councilor, Agriculture and Natural Resources, stressed the importance of regular immunisation of children as scheduled by health providers such as United Nations Children’s Fund( UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO).
He expressed gratitude that Meniñgitis could be prevented through vaccines immunisation as well as reduce morbidity and mortality rate in mothers and children.
“Although improvement of health indices remain the main agenda of this administration, meningitis poses great threat to survival of our children and therefore the need to fight the disease cannot be overemphasised.
“It is in this regard that government and development organisations spend huge amount of money in providing the vaccines toward curtailing or averting the devastating effects of such killer diseases, “he said.
The chairman, however, charged parents to bring forth their children to be immunised against the disease for a healthy living and comfort.
He pledged the council’s readiness to support the facilitators of the programme for its successful implementation in the area and the state.
Earlier, the Council’s First Lady, Mrs Caroline Damap, appealed to mothers, caregivers, religious and community leaders to ensure that children from nine to 15 months were vaccinated.
She commended the development partners, especially the WHO, which had been working with the Primary Health Care (PHC) department of the local government to improve on the health needs of its citizenry.
Mrs Lucy Pam, WHO’s Local Government Facilitator, said, “the decision to introduce Meningitis vaccine into routine immunisation was done to ensure its prevention and likely spread.
“The immunisation exercise will be carried out in all the primary health care clinics across the local governments and the introduction of MEN-A routine immunisation in Nigeria is to prevent meaningitis in the country,” Pam said.
NAN reports that the Acting District Head of Pankshin who is also the Chairman Social Mobilisation Committee, Nde Monday Gokum, lauded government and WHO for investing a lot of resources in the health sector.
Gokum implored traditional rulers in the area to take advantage of the opportunity provided to educate their subjects on the need for their children to be immunised.
Edited by Gregg Mmaduakolam and Abdullahi Yusuf
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