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Reject polio vaccine, face sanction, Yuguda threatens parents

| February 6, 2013 More


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HENCEFORTH, any parent who prevents his/her children from being immunised against polio in Bauchi State, will be sanctioned  by the government, even as the state governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda, laments that polio is mostly prevalent in the Northerner part of Nigeria, largely due to the ignorance of the people of the region.

Speaking at the Government House, Bauchi, while formally kicking-off this month’s round of Polio Immunisation Plus Days (IPDs), Governor Yuguda stated this on Monday, adding that his administration was not leaving any stone unturned at ensuring that polio was completely eradicated from the state by the end of this year.

According to the governor, to achieve this, every stakeholder, including parents, religious and traditional institutions must join hand with government and to see to it that war against polio be won in the state.

He noted that Bauchi State scored 52 per cent in polio immunisation last year, adding that about two million children were immunised in the state last year, saying much still needed be done so that every child in the state was immunised against polio.

Governor Yuguda, therefore, said that his administration would, henceforth, not take it lightly with anyone who served as an impediment to the successful eradication of polio in Bauchi State.

He advised that parents should allow health workers to immunise their children during immunisation days and warned that if any parent, traditional ruler, village and ward head was found to be rejecting polio vaccine, the state government would not hesitate to punish such.

The governor commended the efforts of the state social mobilisation committee on eradication of polio, headed by the Emir of Dass,  Alhaji Usman Biliyaminu Uthman, in  mobilising the people of the state on the importance of immunising their children against polio, pointing out that the Bauchi State was able to record some achievements last year due to the committee’s efforts.

According to the governor, due to ignorance, people often believe that children suffering from polio were being afflicted by jinns, adding that, “in this part of the country, when you see children who got crippled as a result of polio attack, people often say that it is jinns who attacked them. This is not any jinn; it is simply polio attack.

“It is not a good remark on northerners to  have polio’s prevalence in our midst,” Governor Yuguda said.

Category: Bauchi State News

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