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FCT parents reject Polio vaccine over fear of Monkeypox

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Some parents and guardians who are resident in Gwagwalada Area Council, of the Federal Capital Territory have reportedly prevented health workers from administering the polio vaccine on their children.

According to NAN reports on Tuesday, some parents cited the outbreak of Monkeypox in some states as their reason for preventing their children from receiving the polio vaccine.

One of the parents, Mrs Mariamu Alli, said she was not disposed to granting access to health workers to vaccinate her children due to the rumour about the outbreak of monkeypox.

“The rumour in town is getting us scared; we don’t want to take any chances,’’ she said.

Mrs Oluwadera Wisdom said that though her children had received polio vaccines in the past, the news about the outbreak of Monkeypox was scaring her from presenting her children for immunisation.

However, Mrs Ezeonu Chizaram, who dismissed the outbreak of monkeypox as a rumour, allowed health workers to vaccinate her children.

“This vaccine is for our children and the government has spent a lot of money to make it available.

“People are rejecting the vaccine out of ignorance,’’ she added.

Reacting to the development, Dr Adeyemi Adeniran the council’s Head of Health and Human Services department, told NAN that the vaccine was essentially meant to eradicate polio.

“This is not a vaccine to reduce the number of a certain sex in the society but to eradicate polio.

“By our status, we shouldn’t be among countries with polio,’’ Adeniran said.

On his part, the Supervisory Councillor for Health, Alhaji Usman Noma, promised that the council would continue to sensitise parents on the importance government attached to immunisation.

“The vaccine will help in eradicating polio from the society.

“The rumour is wrong and it will not help our children. That is why we are out to talk to our people not to reject the vaccine”, he said.

NAN

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