Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Polio vaccine rejected in Jos over hunger issues


🔵Some communities in Jos North Local Government of Plateau state, have refused to participate in the on-going immunisation exercise against polio, citing hunger as their reason.
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🔵“The communities have shunned entreaties by the immunisation officers; they say the vaccine should be replaced with food,” Mrs Hannatu Davat, the Local Immunisation Officer, told newsmen in Jos on Monday.
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🔵The immunisation exercise, which began on Jan. 28, is co-sponsored by the local government in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the Nigerian Rotary Club.

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🔵Davat explained that the parents, who rejected the vaccine, asked the government to rather work toward slashing the prices of food items.
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🔵📰She said that other residents, who refused to participate, claimed that they had collected too many rounds of the vaccination, while others described the vaccines as “’western medicine”.
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📰🗞The officer further said that even doctors rejected the vaccines on the grounds that government was paying too much attention to polio while neglecting other serious diseases.
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🔵📰“The local government has reported the development to the Plateau chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), who have promised to ensure that no doctor rejects any polio vaccines meant for children.
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“One of the doctors mentioned Mumps as one of the diseases being neglected, and described it as a serious disease which government hardly worry about.”
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Davat said that the local government had set up a social mobilisation team that was moving through affected communities to sensitise them on the importance of taking the vaccines.
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“Based on such efforts, some of the communities have changed their initial stance and are ready to bring their children, but others have remained adamant,” she said.
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