Enugu Up To Date In Counterpart Funds Payment, Says WHO


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


killer diseases.

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

the state”.



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.