The Kwara State Ministry of Health has made clarifications on the ongoing Reactive Vaccination in Ifelodun Local Government Area and other neighbouring communities as it confirms the exercise is for the prevention of the spread of yellow fever in the said communities.
Clearing the air in a statement on Wednesday, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Suleiman Atolagbe Alege explained that the vaccination exercise has no pact with the Nigerian Army and is of no danger or whatsoever to children’s health as rumours have claimed from certain quarters.
Alege disclosed that the exercise was held as part of the campaign towards the prevention and eradication of yellow fever in the State. He said that the immunization is being administered by credibly qualified health personnel who are working with the Ministry of Health and the local government council.
According to the Commissioner, the vaccination began on Saturday, 14 October and will run for 10 days. He in addition said that the exercise is being supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO), National Primary Health Care Development Agency and the National Centre Centre For Disease Control (NCDC).
Dr. Atolagbe Alege therefore, made an appeal to traditional rulers, community leaders, religious leaders, school proprietors, parents/guardians and residents of the State urging them to stay calm and give their backing to the ongoing immunization exercise in the affected communities as he opined that the vaccine was safe for the health of the people.
He concluded by also reassuring Kwara State residents on the commitment of the State government towards quality healthcare delivery as they work harder in ensuring that the state stays free of health hazards in order to boost productivity.