Uduaghan Cautions Against Complacency

BY DENNIS OTU – WARRI
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has cautioned against complacency as the state attains polio-free status.
The governor who gave the warning while flagging off the third quarterly polio eradication/sensitization campaign at the weekend in Ijomi-Oghara, Ethiope West Council Area of the state, said that the warning has become necessary as polio-free status does not prevent a re-occurrence of the disease.
The incidence of wild polio was last recorded in the state in January, 2010 and between then and January this year, no single case of the wild polio has been recorded thereby qualifying the state to be declared polio-free.
Dr. Uduaghan who said this was not an excuse to relax, promised that the Government would do everything possible to sustain the state’s polio-free status.

Accordingly, he charged healthcare givers to be vigilant and diligent to be able to sustain the State’s onslaught against polio and other deadly childhood diseases.
The Governor who disclosed that the campaign was the initiative of the Governors’ Forum, identified dirty environment as a major contributor to the spread of the disease, advised that the environment should be kept clean always.
He called for vigilance by stakeholders particularly as the nation has witnessed mass movement of people in recent times and advised healthcare givers to carry out regular immunization of children.
Uduaghan appealed to fathers to complement the efforts of mothers in immunizing their children as well as commended all partnering agencies for their support.
He said that the Government has strengthened the Neonatology Department of Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara to reduce infant mortality and appealed to mothers to take advantage of the healthcare facilities.
In a goowill message, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Ado Mohammed commended Governor Uduaghan for sustaining Delta State polio-free record.
However, he appealed to the Government to provide more ambulances to the riverine communities as well as up the incentives for midwives deployed to rural areas.
In his address, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joseph Otumara appealed to local government councils in the State to increase funding for primary healthcare centres.
Meanwhile, Emmanuel Uduaghan has charged youths in the state not to waste their future, but should put their youthful age into good use.
The Governor who gave the charge while inspecting the construction of the Alderstown School for the Deaf in Warri said youths in the state must work hard to become somebody in future.
Our Correspondent reports that some youths in the area trooped out during the inspection visit by the Governor and rained praises on him. But the Governor made it loud and clear to them to be more productive with their lives, saying he was more worried about their future.
“Even with the school I have gone to, without the teachers in this school, I cannot communicate with the pupils, but they are making efforts to become somebody. God has created us complete and so we do not have any excuse for not becoming somebody. What I am saying is that we must not end up like this (Area boys) in life,” he said.
According to him “Majority of you are working in this site for the construction of the Alderstown School of Deaf and I must thank you very much because I have been told that most of the workers are from the community and you are not disturbing the work; which is very good. “My administration is doing everything possible to give youth an enabling environment to have a bright future and I want all our youths to take advantage of the opportunity so that we move from this level and become useful persons in the society. Let us make efforts to develop ourselves and become somebody,” he said.
Meanwhile, a youth leader in Ekurode-Urhobo Community in Warri, Chief Vincent Okudolo has commended Governor Uduaghan for embarking on the reconstruction of Isibovbe Primary School in the area.
He spoke to our Correspondent during the inspection visit of the Governor to the school, saying that “I can say this is the best of its kind in this area and I think the gesture was welcome by the entire community and all the residents.