The Primary Healthcare Centre in Kuje Area Council, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), says it has recorded impressive turnout of children in the latest round of immunisation against polio in the area.
The Primary Health Care Coordinator of the council, Mr Haruna Agwai, disclosed this in an interview with the press in Kuje.
According to him, a large number of children were reached in various communities in the area and were effectively given the polio vaccination.
He said parents in some communities prevented health workers from immunising their children, but following interventions through proper sensitisation, their children were immunised.
“In some communities, parents are rejecting the vaccine out of ignorance and it is essentially meant to eradicate polio.
When we encounter such cases, we normally educate them on the importance of getting their children immunised.
This is not a vaccine to reduce the number of population in society as been feared by ignorant ones, but to eradicate polio among children,” Agwai said.
He maintained that the council would continue to sensitise parents on the importance of getting their children immunised against polio in the area.
The coordinator, therefore, thanked parents, traditional rulers, and guardians by supporting the council in ensuring that children in the area were immunised.
He noted that the council had immunised a reasonable percentage of children and promised to achieve 100 per cent coverage in the next exercise.
The routine immunisation kicked off from July 20 to 23 as part of this month’s National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs) in the FCT.