Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat has inaugurated the State Taskforce on Polio Eradication and Immunisation, stating that non-compliance was not only against humanity but an act against God.
The Deputy Governor at the inauguration of the eighteen man Taskforce said the real responsibility of government was in meeting the exigencies of convincing Lagosians to accept immunization voluntarily rather than than being forced by the officials.
While urging religious leaders to embrace routine immunization as a core focus of preaching, the Deputy Governor stated that they represented a veritable platform to ensure voluntary compliance.
The Deputy Governor, who is also the Chairman of the Committee urged Local Government Chairmen to ensure that their people embrace immunization.
He added that each should come up with an Action Plan for their localities.
Meanwhile, Donor Agencies including the World Health Organisation and UNICEF have commended the Lagos state government for setting up a taskforce on Polio Eradication and Immunisation.
They agreed that the initiative was commendable and the actualization of a Year 2009 Abuja commitment signed by all states in the nation.
Dr. AbdulRahman Olatunji of Rotary International urged the State Government to address such issues as ignorance, hard to reach areas, funding and effects of other surrounding States.