UNICEF, Sokoto Govt Take Advance Steps To Encourage Immunization
BY ANKELI EMMANUEL,
Sokoto state govrrnment and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has embarked on a new strategy aimed at strengthening immunization across the state.
The new strategy, according to Sokoto UNICEF Chief of Field Office, Mouhuiddin Mohammed became sacrosanct because of the low response by locals on issues of polio and other related vaccination.
Speaking during the 2017 UNICEF, Sokoto State Government Annual Work Plan review meeting in Ibro Hotels, Sokoto, Mouhiouddin avered that, the new strategy when in effect from 2018 will help in scaling up access to immunization across the state.
Mouhuiddi, who decried that the response to immunization across the state still remained very frustrating despite efforts to provide quality service to the populace, added that, more needed to be done on the people’s perception on immunization and vaccinations.
He therefore opined that, they will adopt a more robust advocacy programmes to scale up enlightenment of the populace, especially, the women and children.
“The very low turnout of women and children for immunisation remain one of the greatest challenge which must be overcome.
“And another challenge is the community engagement, because my observation is that government, UNICEF and the other development partners are trying their best.
“We are making all the commitments to ensure that Sokoto and other states that are in critical stage of immunisation activities is free.
“This is the reason the state government on its own part released its counterpart fund, as all the critical stages in immunisation are connected.”
Talking on availability of health personnel and the vaccines, Mouhuiddin assured that they are readily on ground, except for low patronage by locals which only attitudinal change is requires to achieve the desired objective.
“Community response is very frustrating, because in the health centres everything is there; we provide vaccines, other partners provide their vaccines, and it is free, these vaccines are free for the poor and the rich.
“The health workers are there, but the behaviour of the people is not remarkable, if they do not readily bring their children, what will the workers do.’’
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