Medical doctors, others reject polio vaccines on wards

Medical doctors, others reject polio vaccines on wards


Medical doctors, others reject polio vaccines on wards 


From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto 

In Sokoto, medical Doctors were among those with the habit of rejecting and re­fusing to allow polio immunisation vac­cinators to administer their wards with the drugs.

The Sokoto South Local Organising Officer, on the ongoing Polio Immunisa­tion exercise, Muhammad Shehu said some elites that comprise civil servants and business oriented people have continued to reject the administration of polio vac­cines to their children.

He explained that the ex­ercise has targeted a popula­tion of 57,248 children less than five years for the exer­cise throughout the Sokoto South Local Government Area of the state.

Shehu said the exercise from dayone to day three had recorded greater success as the house to house polio vaccinators record huge suc­cess as over 51,434 children were so far administered.

He stated that the medi­cal doctors working with Usman Danfodiyo Teach­ing Hospital, Sokoto were among the elites that have rejected the polio immuni­sation to their wards against the deadly killer virus.

Shehu disclosed this shortly at the end of the ex­ercise evening review meet­ing held at Rijiya Clinic along Specialist Hospital, Sokoto.

He expressed sad over the recent hap­pening in some areas of Sokoto South Local Government Area where some elites refused their wards to be administered with the polio vaccines.

According to him, those who have reject­ed the vaccines include some doctors who were working with the Usman Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto.

Shehu stated that no fewer than six medi­cal doctors (names withheld), who are work­ing with the Usman Danfodiyo Teaching Hospital were identified with such attitude of rejecting the polio vaccines.

Shehu maintained that those who reject­ed the vaccines have not yet given reasons for not allowing their wards to be immun­ised.

He expressed dismay on how such a caliber of people with their status as health professionals decided to reject polio im­munisations on their children, noting that such decision cannot augur well in an ef­fort toward total eradication of polio virus in the state.

The LOC also said the ongoing exer­cise has continued to experience rejection in some areas such as Rijiya A ward, Gagi A, Gagi C and Tudun Wada all in Sokoto South Local Government Area as polio vi­rus high risk areas.

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