Doctors in Edo state said that stakeholders in the health sector must collaborate to completely eradicate Polio, Measles and other vaccines preventable diseases in the country.
Speaking at the 2015 Physicians’ Week organized by the Nigerian Medical Association, Benin city, Edo state branch chairman, Professor Afekhide Omoti said Preventable childhood diseases like Measles ought not to still exist in Nigeria.
“Records show that Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children and in 2013, there were 145,700 measles deaths globally and about 400 deaths every day or 16 deaths every hour. It has also been shown that Measles vaccination resulted in a 75% drop in measles deaths between 2000 and 2013 worldwide. Between 2000 and 2013, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 15.6 million deaths making measles vaccine one of the best buys in public health.”
He said the Physicians week offers medical and dental practitioners the opportunity to interact with their patients and the general public and also offer humanitarian services to Nigerians as part of their corporate social responsibility adding that the week long activity were originally fashioned in line with the Health Day activities of the World Health Organisation.
He added that Edo NMA as part of its activities to commemorate the annual event has earlier built a house for the IDPs in the state stressing that, “ in continuation of our support for them, We had earlier built a house for the IDPs, we have purchased food items and recieved contributions from kind hearted doctors in the state for onward donation to IDPs in Edo state.”
“ While change is frequently applied to corruption and governance, we believe that this change mantra should also affect and impact positively on the health sector. Edo NMA have expanded the scope of the physicians week to maximally utilize the opportunity at the National level by choosing a theme that suits emerging trends and issues as they relate to the present health situation and realities in the country.” He added.

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