By Chukwuma Muanya

 

INDICATIONS emerged during the review meeting following the last Immunisation Plus Days (IPDs) that Ogun State recorded 240 per cent coverage thereby reducing the number of un-immunised children in the state.

The Director, Primary Health Care Services in the state, Dr. Kafayat Lawal, said that the coverage has been consistent in the past four years, noting that over two million children have been reached for immunisation in the March Round of the campaign.
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Lawal pointed out that adequate improvement has been made on routine immunisation with refurbishment of health facilities across the state and essential integrated health care package especially for women and children.

While attributing the success recorded so far in the state to the commitment of the state government, development partners and other relevant agencies on advocacy, education and sensitisation, Lawal emphasised on the involvement of Executive Council members and permanent secretaries of agencies in the pre- implementation and post-implementation activities during the exercise in their respective local governments.

She described the development as unique and encouraging, adding that their monitoring had helped to restore the acceptance of immunsation among the people.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu, who monitored Obafemi-Owode and his counterpart in Forestry, Hon. Falilu Sabitu maintained that over 90 per cent of children between the range of zero to five years in the area were immunised and that of Community Development & Co-operatives, Chief Samuel Ayedogbon recorded 85 per cent coverage in Ifo Local Government among others.

Also, in order to prevent drug abuse and ensure proper and appropriate usage among the populace across the state, Ogun State government has taken another step to set up Drug Therapeutic Committee.

Inaugurating the Committee, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka said that the objective was to prevent abuse of drugs imploring members of the Committee to provide the leadership and structures needed to achieve this objective.

According to him “the responsibilities of the committee include evaluating the clinical use of drugs, development of policies and procedures for managing use, treatment guidelines and assessing drug use to identify potential problems.”

“They are to also evaluate and select drugs for the state and making periodic revisions at appropriate times, promoting and conducting effective interventions to improve drug use,” he added.

In a statement signed by the Information Officer in the Ministry, Miss Seun Oyelade, the commissioner submitted that experts in specific fields of healthcare service in the state were appointed as members of the Committee in order to help in the area of complexity of drug management issues such as selection, procurement, distribution and storage.

Soyinka noted that in promoting rational drug use, the Committee would reduce waste, thereby optimising expenditure and helping to improve better outcome.

 

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