Lagos State Government on Tuesday hinted that it is considering slamming an Executive Order that will compel operators of private primary schools in the state to give unrestricted access to polio eradication officers to enter their premises and administer anti polio vaccines on their Wards in order to protect them aainst the crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease.
The Lagos State deputy governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat disclosed this when the Incident Manager National Polio Operation Centre, Dr Usman Adamu and his team paid him a courtesy visit to reflect on the sudden outbreak of the disease around Makoko, Itire and Maracana Canals in the state and how urgent steps can be taken to stop the spread into other parts of the state.
The deputy governor noted that one of the six pillars of development strategy of the present administration is Health and Environment , assuring that the state government in few days to come would give the Executive Order as recommended by the team of the visiting World Health Organization (WHO ).
He disclosed that the Executive Order when it is issued would also cover gated streets in every parts of the state, urging all landlords members of various Community Development Associations to join hands with government by ensuring that gates are opened and allowed easy access of the polio officers to their streets and administer the vaccines on their children.
Hamzat stated that administering vaccines on pupils in public schools alone would not solve the problem as pupils in both private and public schools are products of the same community as they play and relate together after the school hours, urging parents and operators of private primary schools in the state to cooperate with the state government in its efforts at eradicating polio completely from the state.
To ensure that the exercise gets to the grassroots, the deputy governor disclosed that all the Chairmen of the 57 Local Government areas would be carried along and enlightened to mobilize their communities for the exercise and educate them on the importance of regular vaccination for the eradication of the disease in our communities.
“Just be very assured of the state government commitments to this fight against polio, we are of the opinion that the health sector should get it right and we must ensure that the polio exercise agenda is achieved in the interest of our children”
Earlier, Dr Uthman Adamu explained that there was an urgent need to give an update on the status of the ongoing polio eradication and routine immunization exercise in the state.
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