A Paediatrician, Dr. Okiemute Olibamoyo, has lamented poor parental attitudes, beliefs, behaviors and concerns toward admission immunisation on their children.
She noted that vaccine hesitancy by parents had been a major characteristic responsible for childhood deaths in the country.
Olibamoyo, of the Department of Paediatrics, College of Medicine, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, urged parents to see immunisation as one of the safest aspects in disease prevention in children.
“One major aspect in disease prevention in children that may go a long way in stemming childhood deaths has to do with immunisation.
“I want to plead with Mothers in Lagos, wherever you are located, that there is always a Primary Health Centre; take your children to the one nearest to you and get them vaccinated.
“It will cost you nothing to do so; regardless of whatever beliefs you have, know that immunisation is safest for you and your children.
“Do not stay back for any reason, let the nurse or the health worker be the one to turn you back and ensure that he or she gives you a date to come back for that immunisation,’’ Olibamoyo stressed.
The paediatrician recalled how a mother recently lost her child of one year and four months because of her refusal to take the child for immunisation.
“We lost a child of one year and four months recently. The child had the body size, the head and weight of a two-months old baby because he had never been immunised all his life.
“Due to the mother’s disregard for vaccination, the child could not develop any immunity and the child died,’’ she said.
Olibamoyo, therefore, called on stakeholders to regularly educate the public about the importance of immunization, especially the newly-wedded, new mothers and the not-so-literate.