Katsina communities reject polio immunisation officers
Three communities in Katsina State have rejected polio immunisation for their children.Residents of the communities located in Batsari and Danmusa local councils sent away immunisation officers and barricaded roads leading to the villages.
The village heads of Ruma and Manarawa in Batsari in Danmusa, Bello Galadima and Abdullahi Muazu revealed this to newsmen during a meeting organised by an organisation “Save the Children.”
They explained that the communities complained about lack of social amenities in the area such as road and water.According to Galadima: “Members of the community barricaded roads leading to the village and turned away polio immunisation officers.”
He lamented that the situation was a setback to polio immunisation exercise in the state and efforts to eradicate the disease.The village head of Manarawa said the community shared similar problem with Rumah, which is lack of accessible road and water.
According to him: “Our people complained that they don’t need polio immunisation, but want water and accessible roads instead.”Muazu, however, said it took the intervention of some traditional rulers and council area officials before immunisation officials were allowed to vaccinate children in his village.