Polio: Immunize Your Child Or Go To Jail, Niger State Warns Parents

Channels Television  
Updated December 20, 2012

Apparently worried by the reoccurrence of polio cases in the state, the Niger State government has concluded arrangements to establish mobile courts across the 25 local governments areas in the state to prosecute parents who refused to present their children for immunization.

The Chairman of the state Taskforce on the eradication of polio and Deputy Governor of the state, Ahmed Ibeto who revealed this to Channels Television’s correspondent in Minna, the Niger State capital, said any parent found guilty will be fined N10, 000 or six month imprisonment.

Mr Ibeto further said the state government has commenced a compulsory stop and search of all vehicles at all entry point into the state where children eligible for vaccination will be examined and vaccinated.

He said the police and men of Niger state vigilante groups in all the 25 five local governments area of the state will always accompany the immunisation officers to enforce compliance and forestall harassment.