The Nasarawa Government on Thursday decried the apathy among some parents to the current polio immunisation exercise.
Speaking during a visit to the Emir of Lafia, Dr Isa Mustapha, the Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Daniel Iya, lamented that some parents refused to bring out their children for immunisation.
Iya said there were reported cases of non-compliance from parents in some communities in Ciroma, Adogi and Gayam wards, all in Lafia Local Government Area.
The development, he said, informed the visit in order to promote a change of attitude.
Iya said the state government would leave no stone unturned in ensuring the success of the ongoing exercise.
He appealed to the emir to assist in ensuring that all cases of non-compliance were immediately addressed.
“We need to make sure that the communities key into the response effort of the state government.
“I believe it is a case of ignorance; that is why we are here to seek the emir’s assistance in enlightening the people on the importance of polio immunisation,” Iya said.
He added that the polio vaccination exercise was not harmful, adding that parents must cooperate with vaccinators to eradicate the disease in the state.
The commissioner called for collective efforts among Nigerians to eradicate the deadly disease in the country.
Responding, the traditional ruler pledged to do everything possible to ensure that all communities in the state capital complied with the state government’s directive.
Mustapha directed traditional rulers in his domain to ensure that all affected communities complied.