ABEOKUTA – In a bid to ensure proper management of vaccines from the point of manufacture to its delivery, administration and disposal, the Ogun State Primary Health Care Development Board (OGPHCDB), has organised a three-day refresher training on Vaccine Management for Local Immunisation Officers (LIOs) and Cold Chain Officers (CCOs) across the State.
Speaking at the programme held at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr. Elijah Ogunsola said the training, in collaboration with National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), was geared towards enhancing the skills and knowledge of Health Officers on current trends in vaccines management.
Dr. Ogunsola revealed that the Board was committed to capacity building programmes for healthcare workers, as continuous development of health workforce would help meet the basic health needs of the people, noting that the Dapo Abiodun-led administration had invested in the wellbeing of children in the State through provision of potent vaccines.
He advised parents and caregivers to take advantage of the various opportunities provided by the government to have their children and wards vaccinated, stressing that it would prevent them from spending money on preventable diseases and infections such as; Tuberculosis, Measles, Hepatitis, among others.
Also speaking, the State Cold Chain Officer, Pharm. Omotola Oguntade, stated that the training was the first phase at the State level, while participants were expected to cascade the training to other health workers, in both public and private facilities across the twenty Local Government in the State, saying government would ensure potent vaccines were available.
In their remarks on behalf of other participants, Mrs. Taiwo Abosede and Mr. Akinola Akinbo, appreciated the organisers, while acknowledging that the training had helped in updating their knowledge on maintaining Cold Chain Store, administering vaccine to reduce the adverse effects.