Ogun State Primary Health Care Development Board (OGPHECADEB) has commenced training for Medical officers of Health (MOH), Local Immunisation Officers (LIOs) Health Educators, Cold Chain Officers (CCOs) among others in the twenty Local Government Areas of the State on the newly introduced Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) in the country.
The Director, Primary Health Care Services in the Agency, Dr. Kafayat Lawal said at the training session held in Abeokuta that the Inactivated Polio Vaccine was to protect additional and rapid immunity that covers all the 3 types of Polio which resist the virus in children, adding that development of the new vaccine was a strategic means to polio eradication.
“IPV is an Injectable Polio Vaccine that should be taken by all children of age 14 weeks to one year to protect them from Polio which causes life long Paralysis and death in Children” she said.
She noted that the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) being administered to children of age 0-59 months was still in existence and relevant, adding that the newly introduced Inactivated Polio Vaccine has been scheduled and included into the Routine Immunisation (R1) available in all health facilities across the State.
According to the Medical Practitioner, “both OPV and IPV have the same purpose of protecting children from contacting Polio Virus that causes paralysis in children, but they work in different ways, while the OPV creates Immunity through a child’s stomach, the IPV strengthens a child’s Immunity through the blood”.
Dr. Lawal stated that the dual Polio Vaccine were important to the well-being of children, saying that it has been found to be safe and effective.
She enjoined the health workers to properly enlighten people on the new Vaccine and endeavour to follow the Procedures on the Vaccine storage, Administration and safe disposal of injection.