The Association of Civil Society on Malaria Control, Immunisation and Nutrition (ACOMIN) in Niger State has expressed worry over poor attitude to immunisation of children against polio and other childhood killer diseases in the rural areas. Instead of immunising babies against the six child-killer diseases, the women in rural areas due to superstitious belief patronise herbalists.

This, according to the group, leads to the death of more children and in some cases expose their mothers to life threatening experiences. Niger State Coordinator of ACOMIN, Mr. Kalejaiye Olasunkanmi, made the declaration at the opening of a one-day workshop as part of events to mark the World Immunisation Week, saying the situation has become so rampant among rural women that needs not be over looked.

The aim of the workshop which took place at the SACA state secretariat, along Bosso, Minna, according to Olasunkanmi, is to provide a platform for civil society organisations’ involvement in increasing vaccine uptake among target audience at the grassroots level. Due to superstitious belief, illiteracy, poverty, cultural inhibitions and as well relying on herbalists, the ACOMIN coordinator regretted that many women lose their babies almost on a daily basis, a development, he said, was unacceptable.

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