Polio : Edo Govt
Flags Off Second Round Outbreak Response
……. Strengthens Advocacy, Enlightenment Campaign
Edo State Government has appealed to parents, caregivers, religious leaders, traditional rulers, community leaders and other opinion leaders,to support public enlightenment campaign to eradicate Polio Virus Type 2 amongst children and reduce childhobod diseases, while ensuring that every eligible child is vaccinated.
Addressing stakeholders at the flag-off of the Synchronized Second Outbreak Response (OBR2) to Circulating Variant Polio Virus,held at Iwogban Primary Healthcare Centre in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area, the State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Phillip Shaibu, noted that immunisation is crucial to the survival of children against vaccine preventable diseases.
The Deputy Governor said that children aged between 0 and 5 years would be administered two drops of the novel polio vaccine type two, alongside other antigens that are due to help eradicate the virus amongst children and reduce childhood illnesses and deaths.
“The importance of childhood immunization cannot be overemphasized. It is crucial to the survival of our children and for prevention against vaccine-preventable diseases. This occasion is to sensitize the people of the State on the importance of immunizing our children and demonstrate publicly, our support to this important exercise”, Shaibu said.
He expressed appreciation to the development partners, noting that government with its partners would continue to allocate more resources to ensure a seamless campaign, while urging parents and caregivers to ensure their eligible children are immunised against polio.
On his part, Executive Secretary, Edo State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (EDSPHCDA), Dr. Omosigho Izedonmwen, said the vaccinators and health workers will move from house to house to administer 2 drops of oral polio vaccine. They will also visit churches, mosques, schools, markets, playgroungs and other strategic places where children below 5 years of age can be found.
“It is imperative to note that polio mainly affects children under 5 years of age. There is no cure for polio. It can only be prevented, keep polio at zero. The oral polio vaccine is not harmful. It is safe, effective and given free of charge”,Dr. Omosigho added.
FG Approves N24.2bn For Free Internet At Airports, Schools, Markets
THE Federal Government has approved free internet services worth N24.2 billion naira at 20 selected airports, 43 universities and six markets across the country.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami, disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday
Pantami said that the airports were selected from the six geo-political zones.
“Certain intervention projects are going to be implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Communications Commission of providing Internet in 20 selected airports in Nigeria and higher institutions of learning and also some markets to support micro small and medium enterprises.
“In each geopolitical zone, you have around three airports. In the South-West, we have Lagos and Ondo. For the South-East, we have Anambra and Enugu.
“For the South-South, we have Port Harcourt and Akwa Ibom. For the North-Central we have Abuja and Ilorin. In the North-West, we have Kano, Sokoto and Kebbi. For the North-East we have Yola, Maiduguri and Gombe.”
The minister said the markets and 43 institutions which include universities and polytechnics were also drawn from the six geopolitical zones, adding that it will ease e-learning in schools and also enhance the transition to a cashless economy.
Buhari Approves Appointment Of 6 New Perm Secs
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of six new permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service
The appointments followed after a recent conducted selection process.
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF),Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, made this known in a statement by Mohammed Ahmed, Director of Communications of the Office of the HOCSF,
The appointees and their states of origin are Esuabana Asanye (Cross River), Mahmud Kambari (Borno), Richard Pheelangwah (Taraba), Lamuwa Ibrahim (Gombe), Yakubu Kofar-Mata (Kano) and Oloruntola Michael (Ogun).
DSS Confirms Plot To Install Interim Govt
The Department of State Security Service has said that the plot to Instal interim government was real
DSS noted that the plot was “by some key players” to install an interim government and stop Bola Ahmed Tinubu from being inaugurated as president.
A statement on Wednesday, by Peter Afunanya, the public relations officer of the secret police, said: “The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria.
“The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.
“The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace loving Nigerians. This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.”
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