From Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau State Government has inaugurated a State Taskforce on Integrated Immunization, as well as the flagging-off of Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Campaign.
Speaking during the inauguration at Government House Jos, recently, Governor Simon Bako Lalong said, both events which are closely related are very important to the health and well-being of the citizens of the state.
According to him, the use of vaccines for prevention against diseases in the country has been on the rise since the introduction of Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) and other efforts of the World Health Organization and UNICEF and other partners.
“That is why many diseases which in the past caused deaths have largely been contained particularly among children using vaccines,” he said.
He said, the taskforce, being inaugurated, has a membership that consists of health professionals and eminent stakeholders from across the state with the mandate to create the desired attention required for prompt sensitization and consolidation of achieved gains in the area of vaccination.
Goveror Lalong said his deputy, Prof. Sonni Gwanle Tyoden was saddled with the responsibility of piloting the taskforce, “which shows the level of political will of the Rescue Administration to achieving tangible results in public health.”
He directed all local government chairmen to oversee their respective areas’ taskforces for successful immunization in order to deliver effective rural health care services to the people.
“Also all MDAs critical for the attainment of success of this very sensitive assignment are also directed to close ranks and work in harmony to create synergy needed for achieving set objectives,” the governor said.
He added: “The flag-off of Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Campaign in the state is because of the negative impact of this pandemic on the health and economic well-being of the state, Nigeria and the world at large.”
According to him, since the index case was reported and confirmed on April 17, 2020, the state has recorded 10,002 positive cases with 73 deaths in all its 17 local government areas as at December 12 this year.