Bada and Jeje are my next door neigbours. Today I have spent almost two early hours of my Saturday counseling both of them. It was the wife, who called my attention.
She got to know that I am interested in children matters, one day, when I rescued their ten year old first daughter from being maltreated by her. It was not a day I will forget in a hurry, but time will fail me to get into it now.
The issue was that the father claims to have just accepted a new faith that forbids immunization of children. I sat with them to explain that it is God that gave man the wisdom of medicine and immunization. I explained to them in simple terms that immunization is the administration of vaccines against some child hood killer diseases. That it protects children from some diseases that can cause illness and death.
I explained to them that for their child to be protected, she must take and complete all doses before one year. I convinced them that it is safe and given free. After my meeting with them I went back to my apartment to give them the Immunization Schedule Card we received in one of the UNICEF meetings we had attended on Key Household Practices. The card, which is tabulated under two headings (Diseases and Schedule) reads:
– Tuberculosis- 1 dose at birth.
– Diphtheria- 3 doses – 6, 10, 14 weeks
– Whooping cough- 3 doses 6, 10, 14 weeks
– Tetanus – 3 doses 6, 10, 14 weeks
– Poliomyelitis- 4 doses at birth 6,10,14 weeks
– Measles – 1 dose at 9 months
– Hepatitis B -3 doses at birth 6, 14 weeks
– Yellow fever – 1 dose at 9 months
At the end of the meeting Bada apologized to his wife and agreed to follow her to the health centre on Monday.
I am glad this story end well. I wonder why people in the name of religion send children to early graves. Recently, immunization against Poliomyelitis had to be suspended in Pakistan as some religious bigots killed health officers, who were saddled with the responsibility of administering same. Hmmm…I fear for our world. It seems to me there is a gang-up against our children.
Think the Child! Think Today! Think the Future! Have an INSPIRED Weekend.