Kaduna State governor, Mal. Nasir El-Rufai has called on parents to support the vaccination of their children against polio.
This is contained in a statement, signed by Samuel Aruwan, spokesperson to Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i, where he announced the commencement of a new round of polio vaccination in the 23 local government areas in the state.
According to him, the campaign reflects the government’s determination to ensure that no child is exposed to the hazards of a disease that can be prevented, and which has been eradicated in most of the world.
Aruwan said the governor chairs the Kaduna State Taskforce on Polio Eradication Initiative and Routine Immunisation.
He added that at its meeting last week, the task force reiterated that children must be protected from the severe consequences of non-immunisation.
“The polio task force believes that most parents would easily appreciate the need to vaccinate their children. However, the public interest to protect children against avoidable health threats has led to a decision to make polio vaccination compulsory.
“The state cannot tolerate a situation where the laxity or levity of some parents may expose children to a bleak future. Parents and government must cooperate in guaranteeing good health for children in Kaduna State. The threat from polio is so severe that we must treat it as an emergency. All parents/guardians in the state must ensure that their children/wards are available for immunisation.
“Every parent has a duty to protect children from avoidable diseases, so that nothing hinders their chances for a better life and the realisation of their full potentials. Voluntary compliance and cooperation with health officials is expected from all parents.
“The Kaduna State government wishes to clarify that any parent found obstructing health workers from carrying out their statutory functions will be prosecuted accordingly as prescribed by the law,” the statement said.