Increase uptake of vaccines to eradicate polio – UNICEF urges women faith based groups

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As part of its intensive sensitisation to reduce the risk of transmission of Polio outbreak, women groups in Oyo state have been charged on the spread message that make polio eradication achievable.

Dr. Iyun Adanito who gave the charge to women groups in an enlightenment program facilitated by the National Orientation Agency also harped on the imperatives of taking polio vaccines for children to mitigate associated health risks of non compliance.

The groups were also charged to desist from any religious negative influences that may likely dissuade them from heeding the call ,as it unacceptable that many people usually use religion as a basis to refuse the vaccines.

In a release made available by the media unit of Oyo state Directorate of the National Orientation Agency, the One day workshop touched on diverse factors millitating against the reduction of polio such as wrong data computation ,inflated figures, religious bias , illiteracy etc. The programme also offers practical solutions of using group networks at all levels, stoppage of Fake news on social media, continuous training and seeking enabling laws among others to strengthen compliance.

Olatunji further enlightened women groups on the importance of basic health hygiene, vaccines intake, medical check ups ,antenatal care services most especially the first 1000 days of a child.

Mr. Olatunji advised women to steer clear of menace of cervical cancer which is usually contacted during intercourse through HPV.

Mr. Posi Adejobi Assistant director programmes Oyo NOA urged the stakeholders to use the programme to equip themselves against Polio – proned hazards and contact any NOA office nearby to improve efficiency and ensure the vaccine is received by all children in the State across board.

In her own message, the Oyo State Director of National Orientation Agency, Dr. Olukemi Afolayan advised the stakeholders not to be flippant, take the campaign for vaccines acceptance diligently and she encouraged the women to continue propagating UNICEF health advocacy messages.

In attendance were members of FOMWAN and WOWICAN groups representing the two major religions.

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