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Anambra set for mass COVID, polio vaccination



…We’ll maintain polio free status – Ezenyimulu

IN CONTINUATION of delivering Primary healthcare to Anambra State and sustaining the well-being of the people, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), in collaboration with partner agencies has announced Outbreak Response 2 (OBR2) against circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus Type 2 (cVDPV2) infection and mitigating COVID-19.

  Executive Secretary/CEO ASPHCDA, Chioma Ezenyimulu while  highlighting the success of the phase 1 and 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination and the Outbreak Response 1 (OBR1) stated that the polio  campaign would be conducted using NOPV2 (polio vaccine) in line with the global guidelines in all the 21 LGAs of the state.

  “In the first and second phase of COVID-19 vaccination, the agency vaccinated over 100,000 ndi Anambra using Modena and AstraZeneca vaccines. We will soon begin the third phase, which will be mass vaccination. This time, we want to open it up, private hospitals can get more people to be vaccinated.

  Dr Ezenyimulu said Anamba takes the fight against circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus Type 2 (cVDPV2) infection of utmost importance and will do whatever it takes to make the state maintain its polio free status.

  “We cannot forget our children because some of our neighbouring states have started recording polio cases. The infection is very contagious, an outbreak in Anambra will take us years back even if we allow one case to come in.”

  She said children less than two years are eligible and must be immunised irrespective of previous immunisation status. She urged stakeholders to help drive the campaign for a successful exercise.

  State Health Coordinator (ASPHCDA), Uju Onwuegbuzina, in her update of OBR1,held between 6th-9th October, 2021 stated that 10 local governments were sampled, in doing the Loss Quality Assurance to see their performance three LGAs, Anambra West, Idemili North and Nnewi South failed the test. We have done re-vaccination for the three LGAs.

  “For a better campaign, we want to get fully prepared for the coming OBR2. The OBR2 will commence from the 13th-17th of November. We don’t want to see any eligible child not immunised.”

  In his remarks, Health Coordinator, Catholic Dioceses of Awka, Rev. Father Felix Efobi, said the advocacy strategies used by ASPHCDA are becoming more effective. He maintained the resistance was because of the issue of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  “People propagated that the COVID-19 vaccine was a camouflage, using the measles vaccine to confuse and vaccinate, such fake news will mitigate healthcare delivery in Anambra. We mustn’t serve a future that we will pay dearly for it.”

  The traditional ruler of Egashi, in Anambra West,  HRM Joseph Ajodo, on behalf of the traditional rulers in the state lauded the effort of the ASPHCDA in promoting primary healthcare in the state under Dr Ezenyimulu. He said traditional rulers in the state will help drive advocacy for the agency for optimum healthcare delivery in the state.

  The exercise will hold in fixed and temporary posts at public health facilities and other designated points. From houses to houses, churches, schools, markets, parks and wherever children are found.

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