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*By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
Oyo State Government has announced Saturday October 9 as commencement date for 2nd phase of POLIO Vaccination Exercise.
SWIndependentnews.com.ng reports that the Oyo State Government, on Tuesday, announced the  commencement of the second phase of polio vaccination for children between zero to 59 months.
****Hajia Aminat Yahya sensitizing  the stakeholders on the need for effective communication between the parents and the POLIO field  team during the exercise at the meeting***
Speaking during a sensitization meeting with the state social Social Mobilization Committee Members and other relevant stakeholders, the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Muideen Olatunji said that the exercise will commence on Saturday,9th October 2021.
The meeting which was held at the conference hall of the ministry of health had in attendance stakeholders comprises the health workers, the representatives of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, journalists, the representatives of both the Islamic and christan bodies among others.
Dr. Olatunji, in his words allayed the fears of some individuals in the state on the routine vaccination, explained  that the polio vaccine has no side effects on children, but protect them against any form of sickness.
He maintained that the vaccination exercise will last for four days,adding that the exercise will not be limited to residentials but also covers  mosques, churches,  schools, religious gatherings and market places .
He hinted that two additional days have been set aside to cover  communities that  field officers might not be able to cover during the four days  program so as to ensure proper vaccination of every child in each community.
He urged mothers and guardians in nooks and crannies of the state to make their children available to  the immunization team that would be deployed to their communities for hitch free exercise.
Dr. Olatunji,  harped on the need for the general public to  put aside politics and religious differences while dealing with health related issues in order to get the needed result .
He noted  that the government will continue to work  hard to ensure that there are no red flags in any community after the vaccination exercise .
“Immunization is not posionous , it is free and safe for children “
” 200 children have tendencies of developing one health challenge or the other in a community  where only one child is  immunized “.
“We are calling on community leaders, religious leaders and other relevant stakeholders to spread the message in their communities for mothers to  make their children available for the exercise . “
“The government will not relent in its efforts towards  improving  on the exercise, we will also ensure  partners and individuals conform with the rules of the program for excellent result”.
Also speaking , Hajia Aminat Yahya , called for effective communication , group mobilization and house to house campaign by relevant stakeholders to change the narrative in local government areas of the state that are with red flags at the moment.

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