Nigeria: Northwest, Kaduna.. As part of efforts to ensure Polio and other killer disease are eliminated in Nigeria, Kaduna State Government, through her Primary Healthcare Development Agency (SPHCDA), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has commenced another round of immunization in the 23 Local Government Areas of the State.
The objective of the vaccination is to enable children to grow healthier and free from any form of diseases that can affect development. And streets, house-to-house, markets, motor parks and highways, among other strategy are being implored to ensure all the children are reached.
At the Miyyeti Allah area of Rigasa community of Igabi Local government, a community leader, Salisu Sani aka (Baban Zango) who commended the effort of UNICEF and the state government called on parents to parents to make their wards available throughout the period of the immunization in other to protect them against killer diseases.
According to him, as community leaders it’s their duties to educate the people, particularly parents on the importance of immunizing their children.
He explained that they do engaged and sensitized Religious leaders, community leaders to enlighten parents that usually reject the immunization in thé community.
“We do sensitize the people to allow their children to be immunized against the six killer diseases. We are still doing our best to sensitize them on the importance of the immunization.
“We have people that move around the community that engaged parents that a skeptical in immunizing their children. We want the people to know that the polio immunization is not harmful on their children,” he said.
He appealed to parents to ensure that they take their children’s health seriously.
In his remarks, Miyyeti Allah Primary Health Centre Ward Focal Person Rigasa 1A, Adamu Lawal said the immunization campaign begins on 5th and will end on 10 April 2018.
He listed the killer diseases of children to include polio, Meningitis, meseales , Titunus, bacteria’s etc.
He said the campaign is targeted at 26,000 children in the area.
“We want to reach out to all children in this community, particularly non compliance. We are targeting children less than five years for the immunization.
“We stiil have people that are not complying in this community but we have those who still support us by bringing out their children to be immunized,” he said.
Adamu further commended UNICEF, WHO, Rotary Club, Ministry of Health and other partners for making the campaign against polio a success.
Fatima Sule and Ramatu Garba are both Volunteer Wards Supplervisors they explained that part of their challenges are how some parents complained of too many rounds on immnlunisation.
They explained that anytime they come across such parents they educate them on the importance of immunizing their children.
Halima Abdullahi is a mother and she explained that even though her husband does’nt like immunising the children she always allowed them to be immunized because she believe it’s not harmful.
“Yes my husband does kicked against it but I make sure the children get immunized anytime the workers came for the immunization exercise,” she said.
She appealed to other parents to always allow their children to be immunized for their own good.
Aliyu Mohammed a father of six in Rigasa said he too like Halima does immunize his children.
He urged parents to make sure their children get immunize against all forms of diseases.Immun