The Caretaker Chairman of Itesiwaju Local Government, Adeniyi Adeagbo, on Saturday flagged off the 2017 African Vaccination Week.
Adeagbo who graced the official kick off of the programme at Ultra Modern Model Health Centre in Otu, said his administration attached great importance to the total well-being of children.
The council boss charged all nursing mothers in his area to ensure that their children were immunized accordingly; restating the admonition of Governor Abiola Ajimobi to all stakeholders to mobilise and disseminate information in support of the exercise.
Adeagbo lauded the purposeful collaboration of the Oyo State Government, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Funds, UNICEF, in organising the programme.
He pointed out that the overall goal was to ensure the reduction of under-five childhood mortality rate by more than 95 percent and maintain the Polio – Free status which Oyo state had already achieved under the current leadership in the state.
The campaign is scheduled for the administration of oral polio vaccines to children from O to 5 years irrespective of their previous vaccination status for polio eradication as well as immunize other children within one year that had not completed their routine immunization.