Edo splashes awards on best performing LGAs in Vaccination

Edo splashes awards on best performing LGAs in Vaccination

Deputy Governor,  Comrade Philip Shaibu (Left) presenting the second place cheque to the representative of Uhumwonde LGA

The Edo State government honoured three local governments, penultimate  Wednesday, for their outstanding performance in the state’s immunisation programme in 2022.

The Local governments – Akoko Edo LGA, Uhumwonde LGA and Etsako Central LGA  were awarded cash prize of N1.8 million, N1.7m and N1.5m respectively  by the government for recording  the top three coverage in the state’s routine and COVID-19 vaccination. 
A release by the PR unit of the state ministry of health said cheques for the award were presented to representatives of the three local governments by the state deputy governor,  Comrade Philip Shaibu  at a dinner attended by top government officials and the health ministry.
The Deputy Governor commended the local governments’ efforts in ensuring that the state continues to maintain it’s lead in immunisation coverage in the country. 
He disclosed that the award, the first of it’s kind in the state’s health sector, was initiated by the government to boost its immunisation programme and the COVID-19 vaccination performance which was on a downward slide in 2022.
“What we see today is another demonstration of our commitment to incentivising the healthcare workforce … I am convinced that we will soon be topping the national chart.
“Today, the Government of Edo State is awarding cash prizes to the three best-performing LGAs for their coverage in COVID-19 vaccination and Routine Immunization categories in the State. 
“I have been duly informed about the rigorous selection process which was led by the Honourable Commissioner for Health, using data that Edo State Primary Healthcare Development Agency provided. 
“I am positive that in 2023, we will record many more wins, given the commitment, passion and resilience of the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Executive Secretary EDSPHCDA, the (HOLGAs), our traditional/religious leaders, our indefatigable partners, and frontline health workers,” he said.
The Deputy Governor pledged that the government would continue such appraisals and rewards of good performance as ongoing policies, programmes and projects are being implemented as the government strives to achieve improved health and quality healthcare in the state.
Comrade Shuaib urged everyone to remain ambassadors of vaccination against all vaccine-preventable diseases. 
The Commissioner for Health Prof Obehi Akoria, in her remarks,  urged other LGAs to re-strategise and boost their output so as to meet up with the national standard in routine immunisation.
She noted that the award of excellence given to the best performing Local Government Areas in vaccination was in recognition  of the recipients’ dedication to duty and hard work in keeping up with the state’s high standard of it’s immunisation efforts.
Also speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary, Edo State Primary Health Care Development Agency (EDSPHCDA) Dr. Omosigho Izedonmwen disclosed that the three Local governments were selected based on their wide immunisation coverage, noting that Akoko-Edo LGA had consistently maintained her number one position.

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