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.