The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed Enugu among
states in the country that are up to date in their payment of
counterpart funds for the immunization of children against childhood
Speaking during the flag-off ceremony of measles immunization campaign
at Uwani Cottage Hospital, Enugu, which was performed by the Enugu
State deputy governor, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, the zonal representative
of WHO, Dr. Onyinye Emefiena, applauded the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
administration for its commitment to the programme.
She added that the state paid its counterpart fund since last October,
which made it possible for the event to take place in the state.
Noting that measles is a killer disease that has taken many lives, Dr.
Emefiena explained that through vaccines, children within the
nine-month and nine-year age bracket will be immunized.
“The immunization exercise will be taking place in health centres,
schools, traditional rulers’ palaces and every other designated places
where children can be found. So mothers and caregivers should avail
their kids of this gesture,” she said.
Responding, the deputy governor reiterated the Ugwuanyi
administration’s readiness to sustain the fight against measles and
other childhood killer diseases in the state.
“The Enugu State government has joined forces with international
partners like the WHO and UNICEF to ensure the execution of a
state-wide campaign in all corners of our dear state. The aim is to
reach out to our children and immunize them against measles which is
often a deadly disease that contributes to high infant mortality
indices,” said Mrs. Ezeilo, who represented Gov. Ugwuanyi at the
Also speaking, the UNICEF representative, Dr. Ifeyinwa Anyayo,
commended the Enugu State government for sustaining the immunization
efforts through support in the areas of logistics, training and
supervision, adding that such assistance will ensure a hitch-free
The chairman of the Enugu State Traditional Rulers Council, Igwe
Lawrence Agubuzu, similarly lauded the Ugwuanyi administration,
describing the commitment it has so far given to the immunization
programme since its inauguration as “unprecedented in the history of
According to him, the attention paid to immunization in the past was
not of this magnitude, as it was usually the state commissioners of
health that flagged off immunization campaigns. “But now His
Excellency or his deputy are the ones that flag off immunization
exercise under a conducive atmosphere.
“This shows that our governor is a leader that cares for his people,”
the monarch said.