As the rumour of poisonous vaccination continues to trend at various times and places, Director of Delta state primary healthcare development agency, Dr. Winful Orieke, has said that the ‘killer vaccine panic’ going on in the country is already affecting the turnout of routine immunization.
Orieke, who confirmed this to journalists in Asaba, confirmed that there is no free military medical programme in the state.
He noted that there were free medical interventions by the military in the South east, as part of the routine practice of their free medical outreach, but said that it was mainly for blood sugar and high blood screening in communities and not schools.
According to him: “Military has no business with vaccination of children and there is no way they could have carried out such exercise without collaborating with Ministry of Health and Primary Health Care Development Agencies across the country.”
He said that the ‘poisonous vaccination scare’ was due to poor awareness creation on the part of the military, adding that the rumour was aggravated by the Operation Python Dance exercise of the military in the South east and outbreak of monkeypox in some states.
“If the military free medical intervention was well publicized like they did with the operation python dance, proper awareness would have been created and people would have been well informed,” he remarked.
The director also acknowledged that effective collaboration of the military and ministry of health could have helped in preventing the poisonous vaccination rumour adding that the military has no business with vaccination of children and are not vaccinating children anywhere.
He noted that the rumour on killer vaccines will no doubt hamper the turnout of already planned immunization campaigns thereby fuelling the outbreak of vaccines protected diseases.
While saying that immunization programmes in the state were always announced well ahead of time to create the needed awareness, he assured that the agency and ministry of health were already putting measures together to dispel the poisonous vaccination rumour, carryout mobilization and awareness campaign on the forthcoming immunization that will be holding in the state from November 18 to 20, 2017.
He assured that everything needed to build trust on immunization programmes will be done to protect our children from vaccine protective diseases and urged parents not to toil with the life and health of their children.