By Musa Kajuru, Kaduna
Kaduna State Government has made vaccination of children, a compulsory exercise, saying parents who prevents health workers from immunizing his or her child will be prosecuted.
This was also as the government said, any child on transit through Kaduna State will also be immunised at parks and checkpoints.
A statement signed by the Special Assistant to Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan read that, the state cannot tolerate a situation where laxity or levity of some parents may expose children to a bleak future.
According to the statement, “To keep Kaduna State polio-free is a mission that all parents must support for the sake of all children. Therefore, all parents are urged to help make the Polio Immunization Campaign a success by making all their children below the age of five available for immunization.
“Malam Nasir El-Rufai himself chairs the Kaduna State Taskforce on Polio Eradication Initiative and Routine Immunization. At its meeting last week, the task force reiterated that children must be protected from the severe consequences of non-immunization.
“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 childrenin Kaduna State.
“Every parent has a duty to protect children from avoidable diseases, so that nothing hinders their chances for a better life and the realization of their full potentials. Voluntary compliance and cooperation with health officials is expected from all parents.
“The Government of Kaduna State 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 government has further directed that all eligible children in transit within Kaduna State be made available for immunization at all transit sites (motor parks, road blocks, railway stations, airports etc.) during the period of the campaign.
“Teams of vaccinators will work with FRSC and NDLEA officials at partial roadblocks to vaccinate children below five who are in transit on highways within Kaduna State.
“The Kaduna State Government wishes to commend parents and guardians, and religious and traditional institutions for their overwhelming support for previous immunization campaigns.
“Their continued cooperation in the effort to eradicate polio in the state is deeply appreciated as a most worthwhile investment in the future of our children,” the statement read.