The World Health Organisation (WHO) has assured Kwara Government of necessary assistance to combat communicable and non communicable diseases in the state.
The WHO Coordinator in the state, Mr Mustapha Katibi, gave the assurance at the launch of 2018 measles campaign programme in Ilorin.
He urged stakeholders to support the immunisation initiative for improved coverage in this year’s programme and commended the state government for prompt release of counterpart funding on measles vaccination.
The coordinator also commended the Kwara State Government for sustaining polio virus-free record in the state in the past 10 years, saying the state had maintained 90 per cent record in the last assessment of the disease.
On his part, Governor Ahmed urged mothers and caregivers in the state to make their children available for immunisation.
The governor said that the Primary Health Care Development Agency had designated about 500 health facilities in the state for the provision of routine immunisation on regular basis.
He added that the health facilities ensured that people, especially children, were protected from vaccine-preventable diseases such as tuberculosis, tetanus, whooping cough, measles, yellow fever, hepatitis and poliomyelitis.
The governor noted that “this in turn has helped to reduce out-of-pocket expenditure for health care services and hence reducing poverty among citizens.”