Ondo state government has said parents who release their children and wards for routine immunization in the rural communities would soon be rewarded by the primary healthcare agency.
The Executive Secretary of the Ondo State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Francis Akanbiemu who disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Akure said the move was part of the strategies of the agency to beef up its sensitization strategies for further improvement in immunization in the state.
Akanbiemu noted that although the state is performing better than before in routine immunization, embarking on more strategic sensitization would allow for improved result.
While reeling out the statistics, Akanbiemu said the state has moved from 65 percent recorded on immunization few years ago to 79 percent, adding that the target is to record 100 percent performance in immunization.
He hinted that the idea of rewarding household with highest record of immunization is to further open the eyes of the people in the community to the importance of participating in the immunization of their children and wards.
The Executive Secretary also explained that the agency has embarked on expansion of some facilities which can no longer accommodate patients due to the growing number of the people in the area.
He said the agency has recently relocated the facility in Oke Mapo, Owo after it discovered the need for a bigger accommodation with the quality of services it’s rendering.
Akanbiemu stressed that the Agency has also embarked on more training of its officers and both agency and adhoc staff at the facility level.
The essence of the training especially for those at the facility according to him is the need for them to have attitudinal change, noting that the agency will to continue harp on this for better performance.
However, he added that, as a way of encouraging the facilities to perform better, the agency has also started motivating the facilities by making more fund available for better service at the health centers.