Abia state governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has assured the team from African Regional Polio Eradication Certification Committee of his administration commitment in the certification of Nigeria as a polio free Nation.
Receiving the team at the Government House, Umuahia, Dr Ikpeazu said that the state would continue to ensure that routine immunization are carried out according to prescription.
He decried the devastating effect of polio on children and called for the cooperation of every stakeholders in the fight against poliomyelitis pandemic.
Represented by his deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, the governor, who is also the chairman of the Abia state Immunization committee task force assured the African Regional Polio Eradication Certification Committee that would be provided with enabling documents to assist them access the status of the state in terms of polio eradication.
The State Chief Executive pointed out that his administration would not only govern not just a polio frees state, but a healthy one by ensuing that primary health care centres are built in all state political wards while secondary and tertiary health centres have been made accessible in the three senatorial zones of the state.
He used the occasion to appreciate the Rotary International and other partners and donor agencies for their contributions in the fight to ensure that Nigeria were declare a polio free Nation and reassured that his administration will do everything possible to make the dream a reality.
Earlier in his speech, the leader of the delegation, Dr Abdoklie Jack said they are on a two day verification visit to ascertain the status of Abia in the process of declaring a Nigeria Polio free state through conduct of field assessment of operational issues pertaining to polio eradication.
Contributing also, the Executive Secretary, state Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Chinagozi Adindu disclosed that the state has stepped up its immunization drive on a routine basis in respective homes, hospitals and schools as well as conduct polio eradication surveillance in its bid to maintain its 10 years polio free record that will ensure their readiness to be certified polio free.
Charles reporting from deputy governor’s office.
12th December, 2019.