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Metro Jos Residents Reject Polio Immunisation, Say They Want Food Instead


kemi

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The ongoing polio immunization in the country has been rejected by some communities in Jos North Local Government of Plateau State, saying vaccines should be replaced with food as they are hungry.

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This was disclosed by Mrs Hannatu Davat, the Local Immunization Officer, who said they have refused to participate in the on-going immunization exercise against polio.

Davat said, “The communities have shunned entreaties by the immunization officers; they say the vaccine should be replaced with food.

The exercise, which began on 28th January, 2017, is co-sponsored by the local government in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the Rotary Club.

The four-day exercise is targeted at immunizing children below five years against polio and other killer diseases including hepatitis, measles, yellow fever and tetanus.

The Local Immunization Officer explained that the parents, who rejected the vaccine, asked government to rather work towards slashing the prices of food items.

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.”

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.

“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.
 

curator

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they should ask the government for food. Most of our immunization programs are paid for by foreign organizations.

They know that. This is a good way of asking the government for food. The foreign organisation should also be aware of the issues on ground and tie this up with the governments.
 
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abujagirl

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They know that. This is a good way of asking the government for food. The foreign organisation should also be aware of the issues on ground and tie this up with the governments.
I feel the aid will simply be moved elsewhere. They'll still be hungry and their Children will be polio stricken.
 
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