A KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE GOVERNOR OF EKITI STATE, HIS      EXCELLENCY, DR KAYODE FAYEMI AT THE GOVERNOR’SSTAKEHOLDERS’...
 together. They could not                   run as fast as we used to.They could not jump as high as we did. They could no...
         It is a fact that the                only   way     to    stop   thetransmission of polio     is through continuo...
 National    Primary   Health               Care Development Agencyamong others.      We have demonstrated a will to susta...
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Governor fayemi's address at the governor’s stakeholders’ forum on polio eradication

  1. 1.   A KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE GOVERNOR OF EKITI STATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, DR KAYODE FAYEMI AT THE GOVERNOR’SSTAKEHOLDERS’ FORUM ON POLIO ERADICATION IN EKITI STATE HELD AT THE FAJUYI PARK, ADO EKITI ON 15TH AUGUST, 2011PROTOCOLS I welcome you all to this very important stakeholders’meeting on the sustenance of our no-polio endemic status of EkitiState. The presentation by our resource person as well as thewelcome address by the Honourable Commissioner for Healthhave intimated us with the situation of Polio Eradication in theworld and more importantly how Nigeria still rank among theendemic countries of wild polio virus transmission across theworld. The picture, as painted is a painful reminder of stuntnessin the growth of a nation with so many potentials to have robustdevelopment. The effects of polio endemic are very traumatic. I recalledthat when we were younger, even though many of us did notknow what happened to some of our colleagues then, as children,we once had schoolmates who suddenly became paralysed. Withtime, they could not do the things that we were hitherto able to do 1    
  2. 2.  together. They could not run as fast as we used to.They could not jump as high as we did. They could not playfootball. They needed special care; special shoes and some ofthem needed crutches. Today, we know better. Let us remind ourselves that we, as parents, chose life forour children, they did not make the choice. Having made thatchoice for our children, we must take that critical step to make it, alife without pain, and a life without trauma. I am happy that thisState is wild polio virus free. However, I think that a stakeholders’forum of this nature is a good forum to tell ourselves what weneed to do to sustain it, the status of the State in polio cases. A lotof suggestions have been made on how to improve on ourperformance. We will take on them as we go ahead. Our meeting this morning is simply to demonstrate ourcommitment along with other States of the Federation to kick polioout of our country. It is true that efforts are on going, but at one ofthe Governors’ Forum meetings, it was resolved that we shouldset aside a day whereby Governors will lead the charge in all theStates to drive home our commitment to this course. The eventhere today, is being replicated all over the country in deference tothat resolution. 2    
  3. 3.   It is a fact that the only way to stop thetransmission of polio is through continuous vaccination and Ineed not dwell too much on this obvious fact. However, we needto remind ourselves that the eradication of polio has become akey issue internationally and Nigeria is one of the focal points. All hands must therefore be on deck to checkmate allavenues for polio to find its way into Ekiti State. I appealpassionately to our Royal Fathers, religious leaders and localgovernment Chairmen to be our standard bearers to fight andensure polio does not find its way into Ekiti State and ultimatelykick it out of Nigeria. Our teachers, market women and men,community leaders and everybody should get on board. Theservice is free, the vaccine is safe and it is effective. In Ekiti State, we would strengthen the routine immunizationand support all supplemental immunization activities. I charge alllocal governments to support immunization programmesadequately to ensure that every child is reached for adequatecoverage. All the stakeholders should support the government inidentifying the unimmunized children within our communities forthe purpose of immunizing them so that they don’t remain aspotential danger to the immunized children. I wish toacknowledge with thanks the immense support we receive fromWorld Health Organisation, UNICEF, Rotary International and 3    
  4. 4.  National Primary Health Care Development Agencyamong others. We have demonstrated a will to sustain ourpresent status and I am encouraged by the enthusiasmexpressed by you all in this regard. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, the war against polio inNigeria is on, don’t allow polio in your home, don’t allow it in yourcommunity and don’t allow it in Ekiti, Ile Iyi, Ile Eye. Thank you and God bless.     4    

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