By Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
An expert in Public Health, Dr. Joshua Ileke, has called on the National Assembly to make laws that will stipulate punitive measures against parents resisting immunisation for their children in Nigeria.
Ileke, the Ekiti State Director, Primary Health Care Development Agency, commended the traditional rulers for joining the fray to tackle the menace by way of threatening parents who indulged in the practice with outright ostracisation from the town.
Ileke said National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDS) programme would hold between March 25 to 28, 2017 and would involve all the critical stakeholders, including traditional rulers and religious leaders across the 177 wards in the state.
Ileke, who spoke in Ado Ekiti, on Friday during a stakeholders’
meeting held in preparation for the programme, lamented that the
relisting of the country as a polio-infested nation by the World Health Orgnisation (WHO) is worrisome and intolerable.