The Cross River State government has commenced vaccination of about 900,000 new born babies against poliomyelitis.
Speaking in Calabar on Thursday at the official flag-off of maternal health care/newborn week, the director-general of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Janet Ekpeyong, stated that the exercise targets 930,000 nursing mothers and babies.
The vaccination, which is a high impact health intervention in partnership with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and other development partners, was aimed at putting an end to polio, which has crippled many from cradle to death.
Ekpeyong, who spoke in company of Governor Ben Ayade’s wife, Linda, in Bogobri area of Calabar, stated that 30,000 pregnant women would be given mosquito nets and Vitamin A supplements to check polio attack on their newborn babies.
“During this year’s MNCHW, 900,000 will be given the Inactivated Polio Vaccination while 30,000 pregnant women will receive medical kits and access services.
“This is an opportunity to ensure that pregnant women have access to all supplements and also ensure that children are dewormed and access needed vaccines,” the DG stated.
According to Ekpeyong, the excercise was high impact because it will assist to bridge the gap occasioned by the COVID-19 crisis.
In her remarks, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu, stated that Injectable Polio Vaccines would be administered to check polio outbreak in the state.
Edu stated that state government was poised to reducing the mortality of pregnant mothers and children to a very insignificant level and ultimately achieve universal health coverage.
Also speaking at the occasion, wife of the Cross River State governor, Dr. Mrs. Linda Ayade, said she was pleased with the the turnout of people who had come out to key into the excercise.
The governor’s wife added that the Cross River State did not want to lose children and pregnant mothers due to circumstances that can be avoided.