From Mohammed Ibrahim, Kaduna
A community leader in Rigasa Community, a suburb of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna state, Salisu Sani a.k.a (Baban Zango) has called on parents to immunize their children against killer diseases.
According to him, as community leaders it’s their duty to educate the people, particularly parents on the importance of immunizing their children.
He explained that they do engaged and also sensitize religious and community leaders to enlighten parents that usually reject the immunization in thé community.
The community leader spoke to newsmen at the immunization flag-off campaign supported by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Miyyeti Allah area in Rigasa community of Igabi Local government Area of the state.
“ We do sensitize the people to allow their children to be immunized against the six killer diseases. We are still doing our best to sensitize them on the importance of the immunization.
“ We have people that move around the community that engaged parents that a skeptical in immunizing their children. We want the people to know that the polio immunization is not harmful on their children,” he said.
He appealed to parents to ensure that they take their children’s health seriously .
In his remarks, Miyyeti Allah Primary Health Centre Ward Focal Person Rigasa 1A Adamu Lawal said the immunization campaign begins on 5th and will end on 10 April 2018.
He listed the killer diseases of children to include polio, Meningitis, meseales , Titunus, bacteria’s etc.
According to him, they are targetting to immunize 26 ,000 children in Rigasa 1a community.
“ We want to reach out to all children in this community, particularly noncompliance .We are targeting children less than five years old for the immunization.
“ We still have people that are not complying in this community but we have those who still support us by bringing out their children to be immunized,” he said.
Adamu further commended UNICEF, WHO, Ministry of Health and other partners for making the campaign against polio a success. l in the state.
Fatima Sule and Ramatu Garba are both Volunteer Wards Supervisors they explained that part of their challenges are how some parents complained of too many rounds on immunisation.
They explained that anytime they come across such parents they educate them on the importance of immunizing their children.
Halima Abdullahi is a mother and she explained that even though her husband doesn’t like immunising the children she always allowed them to be immunized because she believe it’s not harmful.
“ Yes my husband does kicked against it but I make sure the children get immunized anytime the workers came for the immunization exercise,” she said.
She appealed to other parents to always allow their children to be immunized for their own good.
Aliyu Mohammed is a father of six in Rigasa he too like Halima does immunize his children.
He urged parents to make sure their children get immunize against all sort of diseases.