The Government of the state of Osun is set to collaborate with a leading network, Civil Society in Malaria, Nutrition and Immunization (ACOMIN) with the aim of preventing, treating of malaria, and promoting immunisation and better nutrition among the people of the state.
Speaking with members of the executive of ACOMIN, a non-governmental organisation, when they paid her an advocacy visit, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. (Mrs) Temitope Ilori disclosed that her ministry would carry the network along especially in the area of immunization and nutrition.
While emphasizing the need for parents and guardians in the state to ensure that their wards are immunised at government health centres across the state, Dr. Ilori disclosed that health ministry is a multi-sectional sector which should not be left to the ministry alone.
Ilori therefore noted that the door of her ministry is always open to organizations that are ready to collaborate with the government in order to eradicate malaria and other related diseases thus advising parents to cease the opportunity and ensure immunisation of their children.
Speaking earlier, the state Chairman of ACOMIN, Mr. Aremu Akinyele said that the vision of ACOMIN established in March, 2006 with the technical assistance of Federal Ministry of Health is to create a healthy Nigerian society free of preventable and communicable diseases.
Expressing concern over what he described as laxity on the part of most parents to ensure that their wards under five years are immunised, Akinyele maintained that members of the public need to be sensitised on the dangers of eating unbalanced diet.
Akinyele however lauded the gesture of the state government to collaborating with the network pledging that ACOMIN would do all it can to ensure that malaria is reduced to its barest minimum saying that ACOMIN has many experienced professionals to enable it achieve this fit.