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"I don't know how or why we got here.

While we were majoring on certificate and other issues, free childhood immunization for children above nine months has been stopped by the government.
This means that for children above nine months who need to take meningitis, Cholera, Mumm, Rubella and Chicken pox vaccines, the parents have to pay.

The drugs have gone up double the price; parents will have to pay about 30,000 naira to have their child immunized at 1 year.
The middle class and elites can afford this but the poor cannot, especially those in the rural areas. These children have now been left to chance and we'll have more cases of preventable childhood diseases taking lives.

Medical supplies come under heavy custom duties but...
...we're hailing Customs. MERCK has ended their partnership with us, to provide cheap Rota virus vaccine.

Many women in villages I'd encouraged to immunize their children have been calling me to complain.

I thought it was merely a shortage in supply, so I went to investigate.
I found out that this government had silently ended free immunization policy till eighteen months.

You're dashing 10k for Tradermoni with PVC and taking away their children's immunization. What kind of logic is that? Immunization now costs 3 times the Tradermoni you're giving.
My annoyance is the silence and secrecy. Why not be honest with parents? Why give the impression that nine months is complete imminization? The kids end up with aviodable diseases because the parents believe they have completed their immunizations.
Why not inform the public of this change so parents in rural areas can double their hustle and pay for it?

What kind of deception is this? The silence; children should have avoidable sickness because election is close by.
I need to cry because I don't know what to tell these women. Years of advocacy and enlightenment all gone."

Written by Aishatu Ene John.
As stated in the penultimate tweet, this is not written by me.

So, all evidence to the contrary is welcome and much appreciated.
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