Kogi State Government promises support, commitment to child Immunization against killer diseases 




—-As Agency seeks active support for Routine Immunization activities in Kogi

The Chief of Staff, Chief Edward Onoja flanked by members of the visiting team

Kogi State Government ,  has assured healthcare providers of its continue support and total commitment to get Kogi children immunised against killer diseases.


The Chief of Staff to Kogi State Governor, Chief Edward Onoja, also promised to encourage the LG Administrators to be actively involved in the routine immunization services in terns of moral, manpower and financial support.


The CoS who gave the assurance while addressing the visit team of the National Emergency Routine Immunization Coordination Centre (NERICC), Abuja said that the issue of inadequate manpower and welfare of health workers raised by the team would be addressed by the government.


He promised to double check the unresolved issues on the payroll with the Head of Service for those workers that are off or on.


”On salaries, I am very much aware that salary matter at LG level in terms of what they get paid on a monthly basis has improved in this government when compared to former governments.

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”For LG workers on the payroll, I think we either at pal or a month deficiency though in percentage, but the state seems to be some numbers of months.


”I am sure that we are all aware of the bailout outstanding that is due to Kogi that we are expecting as a state from the federal government.


”We believe that the expected outstanding of N30 billion would substantially solve some of these problems, and the needed motivation.


“We believe that when the money comes, the union labour and those who are involved will sit together and it would be appropriated in such a manner that nobody will feel it. I appreciate your frank observation,” Onoja said.


He promised to work with the commissioner for health and other stakeholders to see how the bill on primary healthcare that had been passed by the House of Assembly could be expressly signed into law including the disability bill


Speaker earlier, the National Emergency Routine Immunization Coordination Centre (NERICC), Abuja, appealed to Kogi Government to actively support routine immunisation activities in the state.


Dr Daniel Ali, a Routine Immunisation Officer at the Centre, made the call while speaking to newsman after the advocacy meeting with the Chief of Staff to Kogi Governor, Chief Edward Onoja, in Lokoja.

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According to him, the centre was established two years ago when the Executive Director of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), declared a state of emergency on routine immunisation due to its poor performance in some States including Kogi.


”We have been able to identify 18 States that have poor performance of routine immunisation, and we are trying to see how we can support them to really come up in terms of performance, and Kogi is one of those States.


”This is our second meeting with the CoS to present the issues that need to be looked into and address so that Kogi can be among those performing state in immunisation.


”The issue of funding is critical to carry out all the activities involved in routine immunization, particularly to take the services to remote communities without health facilities.


”We want the state to also create more awareness among caregivers through the traditional institutions, and to take front seat in the leadership role,” Ali said.

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He commended the chief of staff for the warm reception and for a robust and successful meeting, saying they requested that the COS should become the Immunization Ambassador in Kogi, to encourage people to do everything to have their children vaccinated.


”We are very glad with what we heard today from the state government, and for being able to fulfil part of those promises made during the previous meeting,” Ali said.


Earlier, Dr Abubakar Yakubu, Executive Director, Kogi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (KSPHCDA), said that the essence of the meeting was to appeal to stakeholders to get involved in state’s immunization activities.


”By tomorrow, we will also have a meeting with the Commissioner for Health to get his input.


”We have also selected some stakeholders in the state that we would talk to, so that their roles in the routine immunization can be moved beyond what is expected of them.


”We want to achieve a very stable immunization program in the state.


”The meeting we had with the chief of staff was highly commendable because we had lots of assurances from him, who is a man of his word,” Yakubu said.

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