A civil society organization claims that certain residents of Jigawa State have altered the special carriers made available to keep vaccinations safe and effective before usage for their own purposes.
During training in the state, the program manager for Save the Children International, Dr. Abdullahi Magama, voiced concerns about custodians’ alleged abuse of carriers.
He said that vaccinations and the carriers that protect them aim to help youngsters avoid diseases, learn, and stay safe.
It’s regrettable that some of the vaccine carriers that were supplied to be used to keep vaccines safe are now being utilized by some people for their commercial endeavors.
Magama lamented: “People are abusing it and using it to sell minerals and zobo drinks.”
He said that a lack of staff, outdated facilities, and subpar health-seeking conduct among the targeted beneficiaries are some of the difficulties encountered in the state’s fight against pediatric pneumonia.
He said that even more has to be done despite vaccinating over 60,000 children, providing oximeters and oxygen for 24 healthcare institutions, and training 800 new healthcare professionals.
He pleaded with the Jigawa State government to maintain effective monitoring of the facilities, lead the battle against pneumonia, which is the leading cause of death in children, and put into practice the oxygen policy, a tactical approach to treat pneumonia.
Adamu Aliyu Kiyawa, district chief for the Kiyawa local government region, said that the project’s assistance has greatly helped the local government.
“The people’s behavior in seeking health has increased, infant and maternal mortality has decreased, the capacity of health workers has improved, and the economic situation in the area has improved,” he claimed.
He also urged the state government to continue the initiative and implement it in other local administrations for the sake of the state’s future.