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Bauchi Emir Blames Poor Attitude to Polio Immunisation On Ignorance

| March 1, 2013 More

Bauchi โ€” The Emir of Ningi in Bauchi State, Alhaji Yunusa Danyaya, has attributed the refusal of polio immunization for children in some parts of the north by some parents to ignorance which is linked to spiritual beliefs.

He then advocated intensive sensitization campaign on polio so that people, particularly in the rural areas would accept the immunization.

The Emir spoke yesterday, at a sensitization workshop for traditional and religious leaders “on promoting routine immunization, maternal and child health services” in Bauchi State.

He said: “It is so disheartening that in this modern generation, people still do not know the importance of polio immunization. Uptill now, there are still some misconceptions regarding this polio immunization. Some believe that it is contaminated with harmful substances that poses threat to the health of children and that is why people are still figthing some health workers who go to vaccinate children. It is only adequate enligthment that can eradicate all these misconceptions.”

Danyaya also spoke about the importance of prevention of diseases in children, saying that since their immune system was vulnerable, they ought to be adequately cared for on time.

” If people can maintain and improve personal hygiene it will take care and prevent many sicknesses that is affecting us today. So many parents are very careless about the health of their children that they wait till the condition worsens before they seek medical attention. Many childhood killer diseases like polio,malaria and measles can be prevented if only it is attended to on time,”the Emir said.

The Emir further explained that the religious and traditional leaders in the state were in full support of the polio immunization exercise and urged parents in all the wards to ensure that their children were properly immunized.

Speaking, the Executive Chairman of state Primary Health Care Development Agencies, Dr. Nisser Umar, described the non-compliance by people over immunization exercises as unfortunate, saying that the development had “given rise to some new cases of polio in some local governement areas of the state.

“The vaccines and other logistics provided by the government are being wasted as some of our people do not take their children for immunization.

There is need for intensive enligthment campaign so that people can know the importance of immunization and other health services.”

Category: Bauchi State News

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