By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency, (KADSPHCA), has debunked story making the rounds that vaccines prevents conception in women, saying they are safe and beneficial.
The Executive Secretary of the Agency, Dr. Hamza Abubakar, stated this at a joint meeting held in Kaduna, seeking for continuous supports from stakeholders and citizens towards achieving a successful implementation of its tasks.
According to him, the assurance became imperative, as the Agency prepares to commence immunization campaigns against Measles in October and Meningitis in November, 2019.
“The clarification was necessary so as to disabuse the minds, especially mothers with newborn babies that tetanus vaccine had negative effects.
“The vaccine is safe as against the rumours that it prevents conception in women, this is not true,” he assured.
Dr. Abubakar appealed to the media, civil society organizations, NGOs and traditional rulers to assist in enlightening the people not to be misinformed about the vaccines which have been proven to be very safe.
He reiterated government’s commitment to eliminate child and other diseases, pointing out that the immunization campaigns would be taken to every nooks and crannies of the state.
He disclosed that following surveillance, it was discovered that 3 Local Government Areas of Jama’a, Kachia and Kaura were identified as high risk of neonatal tetanus, hence, the need to create awareness, especially among mothers at the ongoing Maternal and Newborn campaign.
Also speaking, UNICEF representative at the meeting, Mr. Eke, called for collaboration from partners to ensure the Agency succeed in its onerous task; pointing out that it concern was to see the sensitization and advocacy takes off in earnest.
He informed that UNICEF has been meeting with officers of the Agency and other stakeholders to ascertain the level of progress, and urged the media to help in managing the rumours.
“Please help us to cushion the effects of the rumours so that Kaduna state would be where it should be. It is not true that vaccine prevent conception in women. Even the normal ante-natal that a pregnant women attends, they are given tetanus injection, so it is not true,” he said.