19 November 2012

Nigeria: Minister - Poor Mobilisation Responsible for Polio Eradication

Sokoto — Minister of State for Health, Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, has attributed poor mobilisation and communication by vaccinators as major factors militating against total eradication of polio in the country.

The minister made the remark at the weekend, shortly after monitoring the vaccination exercise in Illela Local Government Area of the Sokoto State.

He attributed poor communication by some vaccinators as a source of concern to the success of the vaccination exercise.

Pate said he was in the state to meet with community leaders in polio endemic communities, with a view to finding out why there was still cases of non-compliance to the vaccination exercise.

"We are here in Sokoto to find out why there is still problem of non-compliance by some households in polio ravaged communities, despite government's commitment to the fight towards the eradication of the polio virus," he said.

The minister lamented that some parents were yet to understand the benefits of the immunisation exercise, hence the rejection of the vaccines.

He stressed the need for parents to support the efforts of government by allowing their children to be vaccinated.

Pate called for collaboration with stakeholders in order to eradicate the disease in the country.

He reaffirmed that the Federal Government would not accept anything less than 100 per cent to guarantee the eradication of the virus.

The minister appealed to traditional leaders in the state to redouble their efforts in order to bring an end to the scourge.

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