ADMINISTRATION OF ORAL POLIO VACCINE PREVENTS POLIOMYELITIS -- STATE IMMUNISATION OFFICER
By Nnedinma C. Okeke :
Ukpo (Dunukofia LGA), July 17, 2019 (MOI) Anambra State Immunisation Officer (SIO), Mrs Nkechi Onwuvunka says administration of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) prevents poliomyelitis, the viral infections that causes paralysis of limbs in children.
Mrs Onwuvunka said this during the training of Ward Accounting Officers (WAOs) for the upcoming immunisation programme at Ukpo, Dunkofia Local Government Area (LGA).
The SIO welcomed participants on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu.
She said that the training was ongoing at all LGAs across the state.
She noted that the training would intimate the WAOs on their responsibilities during the 4-day National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs) activity which would hold from July 20 to July 23.
``The WAOs are the eyes of Anambra State Government and the LGAs in monitoring vaccinating processes of the OPV.
``They are expected to move into the field as early as 6:30 -7:00am to the wards where they will be posted in order to monitor the process.
``This is because the teams to carry out the OPV leave early so as to reach out to children before they go out with their parents or to school,” she added.
Mrs Onwuvunka noted that the trainees had to record details of vaccine vials given to each team to include number of vials and batch number of each vial.
Others are registration number of the OPV vial and its expiration date.
``They will move into the field and visit two teams in a day to ensure that they do not waste the vaccine.’’
She enjoined the WAOs to make sure that their data/report was in accordance with that of the Ward Focal Persons (WFPs).
The State Technical Facilitator (STF), Mr Kevin Anazodo explained that the NIPDs involve giving two drops of OPV to all children between 0-59 months, irrespective of their previous immunisation status.
He noted that the vaccine was to be given to eligible children free of charge but urged the WAOs to conserve it carefully as it was also very costly.
Mr Anazodo enjoined the participants to actively support the immunisation process as it called for seriousness, honesty, independence and commitment.
``All vaccines and empty vials (bottles) will be accounted for and the activities of the NIPDS will be fully documented," he added.
Mr Felix Okocha, a UNICEF consultant said the training was very important as the experience garnered by the trainees would help them in future.
He noted that the attitude of the participants on the job would determine their commitment, dedication and overall output.
Okocha, then, urged the WAOs to support and work with the WFPs as together they would ensure that the assignment was achieved with good results at the end. (MOI)