The Chairman of the Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency and Executive Assistant to the Governor on E-Health and Other Health Matters, Dr Isioma Okobah, has called for a robust awareness campaign towards the immunisation of women of reproductive age against tetanus infection in the state.Okobah made the call yesterday during an advocacy visit to the Ministry of Information, Asaba to intimate the ministry the upcoming neonatal tetanus immunisation exercise scheduled for November 1 to 5, 2018.
She said the exercise was targeted at women aged between 15 and 49 years in order to protect babies delivered in unhygienic environments from contracting tetanus.
Statistics, Okobah noted, had shown that many infants died of tetanus infection in the past because their mothers were not immunised. “We are going to carry out sensitisation campaigns. We cannot do it alone,” she said.
Okobah also said that the campaign would be carried out in schools, homes and markets, among other places.
Responding, the Delta State Commissioner for Information, who was represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Paul Osahor, described Okobah as a square peg in a square hole, who had devoted her time and resources to the provision of medical commodities for many years to the people.
He said that timely and adequate awareness would afford the people the opportunity to take advantage of the immunisation programme.
“If we get it right at the PHC level, we will be able to lay a solid foundation for our health sector.