WHO, UNICEF AND CRSPCHDA ENGAGES SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS FOR A MOP UP MOBILIZATION MINI RALLY IN CALABAR MUNICIPALITY AND CALABAR SOUTH LGAs
NO GOING BACK ON 100% COVERAGE TARGET SAYS DR BETTA EDU
It was at the evening review meeting yesterday when the dash board broke the news of a sucessful measles campaign Phase 1. At day 4 only the state has surpassed its target by far. Partners praised CRS for being on a fast track to achieving 100% sucess.
In a bid to ensure 100% coverage target is achieved in the ongoing Measles vaccination campaign in the Cross River State, the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency in collaboration with SMOH WHO and UNICEF have engaged the services of students from the College of Health Technology, Calabar to carry out a mop up mobilization and awareness campaign in two LGAs – Calabar Municipality and Calabar South where the pockets of children were left unimmunised.
Speaking yesterday at Barracks Road, Calabar, the Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu expressed her displeasure over the low response of parents and caregivers in the aforementioned LGAs and attributed it to the ineffective mobilization and awareness campaign carried out by the Social Mobilization Focal Persons in the said LGAs.
Speaking further, she said there is no going back on the 100% coverage target set by the state and “we’ll ensure we do what we can in achieving it”.
Dr Betta Edu, who also addressed the students, appreciated them for volunteering to promote healthcare services in the state, implored them to take the message of measles to members of the public, educating them of the adverse effects of not taking the measles vaccination. One of the adverse effects of not allowing a child between 9 months to 59 months to be immunized is death and we wouldn’t want to lose any of our children in Cross River because that child could change society for the better tomorrow, says Dr Betta Edu.
The DG commended the students and promised to issue them letters of recommendation through their school authority.
The DG who later briefed the Press on the reason the mop up mobilization is only in two LGAs – Calabar Municipality and Calabar South said, these are the only LGAs where responses so far is not as high as expected and WHO, UNICEF and CRSPHCDA thought it wise to mop up mobilization in the affected LGAs. Moreover, this is a double strategy of achieving our target.
She said, she was in Bakassi on Monday to monitor and supervise the exercise, she was impressed at what the health personnels are doing in Bakassi, vaccination is taken to the creeks and hinterlands of Bakassi, so “I want same to be replicated here in Calabar Municipality, Calabar South LGAs and other LGAs across the state”.
She said, the Governor, His Excellency Senator (Prof) Ben Ayade has given the state a target of 100% with a mandate to achieve it, so, we can’t afford to disappoint a man who is pro health, a man that wants the best for his people.
The DG dispelled the rumors making round that vaccination kills and encouraged mothers and caregivers to avail their children between 9 months to 59 months of this free measles vaccination exercise in the state.
Speaking earlier, the state Coordinator of WHO, Dr Tom Igbu said WHO is ready and committed to achieving the state’s target, hence the reason we are embarking on a mop up mobilization campaign in these two LGAs where we’ve discovered they’re still far below average. We’ll would continue to partner with the state especially in healthcare service delivery and we are happy we have a dynamic DG at the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency. So, this morning, we’ll all go out to create awareness to the public that measles kills and the vaccination is free of charge for every child between the ages of 9 months to 59 months.
Also, UNICEF Measles Technical Consultant, Mr. Dominic Godwin expressed their readiness and willingness to partner Cross River in achieving 100% coverage target. He said the mop up mobilization is timely and a good step taken by the state in realizing their target. He therefore, urges mothers and caregivers to release their children and wards of 9 months to 59 months for vaccination.