Moyo Embarks on Mandatory Polio Immunisation

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Health Officials in Moyo have embarked on a forceful Polio immunizations exercise of children below five years of age following a low turn out over the weekend. Vaccination officials in several parts of the district yesterday moved from home to home vaccinating children who were not taken to the immunization posts by their parents. Some parents claim that they didn't take their children for immunization because they were not aware of the exercise. Buti Venansio, the LC I chairman of Celecelea village in Moyo town council says that they were only told on Friday to begin mobilizing parents, yet the exercise was scheduled for Saturday. Buti believes the result would have been better if they were informed earlier; //Cue in: iTime given for #i Cue out: i#about the mobilizationi//. But Andi Paul, the LC I Chairperson of Besia village in Moyo Sub County says the Polio immunization program failed because they were not facilitated. Andi says that, the two thousand five hundred shillings they were given for mobilization was not enough. Andi accused the district officials for neglecting them when it comes to facilitation. //Cue in: iI don't expect myself#i Cue out: i#for that mobilizationi//. John Abingwa, the Moyo RDC, who led the mobilization campaign, however does not agree with the demands of the local council leaders. Abingwa says there is need for leaders to exercise patriotism in implementing government programmes like immunization that are beneficial to their communities. //Cue in: iEven if they givei. Cue out: i#communities for immunizationi// Moyo district borders Sudan, where the wild polio virus has been reported. Some health officials believe that the poor performance in the just concluded vaccination could have negative effects on children in the district in the near future.


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