From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
The just-concluded polio immunisation exercise almost suffered a setback in Minjibir Local Government Area of Kano State as some of the residents refused to offer their children for the exercise, demanding that the government fulfil its promise of connecting their area to the national grid.
The Primary Health Coordinator in the council, Malam Aliyu Lawal, told members of the Journalists for Health (JFH) that despite reluctance from some parents, over 61,000 children were immunised from the 64, 000 children targeted in the area.
Lawal said that some residents declined to participate in it as they claimed that the state government failed to fulfil the promise to connect the area to national grid.”
He, however, added that “we were able to pacify the parents, promising them that their request would be met. The collective efforts of the council chairman, district head and other stakeholders helped to calm the parents who later made their children available for immunisation.”
Lawal said: “when our officials reached a certain settlement, the residents in the area vent their anger on the point that the government on assumption of office promised to connect their community to the national grid, hence they refused their children from being vaccinated.
“However, during the review period, we informed the council chairman and the lawmaker representing the area, all of them swung into action, along with the district head and other notable stakeholders.
“They visited the community and dialogue with them. At the end, an agreement was reached that their grievances would be addressed,” he said.