By Akeem Abas
The Oyo State Government says the second round of National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs) will hold from May 6 to May 9 across the state.
Dr Azeez Adeduntan, the State Commissioner of Health, announced the dates on Sunday in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the first round of the NIPDS held from March 25 to March 28 in the state.
The state government, in the first round, targeted 1.6million children of age 0 to 59months for Oral Polio Vaccines, to fight the disease.
It had also targeted 1.7 million women of child bearing age for vaccination against Tetanus.
Adeduntan said that children would be given oral polio vaccination and all missed routine antigens against Poliomyelitis, measles, hepatitis, diphtheria and yellow fever, while pregnant women would be immunised against Tetanus toxoid.
He advised parents and care givers to bring out their children and wards from 0-59 months of age for immunisation, noting that Vitamin A would also be administered on children from the age of six months to five years.
The Commissioner explained that enough personnel had been engaged to conduct the exercise.
“The exercise will be conducted across the 33 Local Government Areas and the newly created 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of the state.
“The exercise is to ensure that all children are immunised against the diseases,” he said.
Adeduntan commended community, religious and traditional leaders as well as other stakeholders in the state for their cooperation in ensuring the smooth conduct of the exercise during the first round.
He urged all stakeholders to continue to cooperate with immunisation officials for the second round of the exercise to be successful and hitch-free.
“We are impressed with the level of compliance by parents, care givers and other stakeholders.
“We want them to continue to cooperate with us and this will facilitate quick response in preventing diseases and addressing other emergency situations in the state.
“We are committed to polio-free state and we want to urge parents to take advantage of the second round to get their children and wards immunised.
“The immunisation is free as well as safe, and routine vaccination continues after the campaign at health facilities across the state,” Adeduntan said.