To those of you Ndi Igbo laughing and insulting our people who ran to take their kids from school, please read what a Northerner wrote and receive sense. - OBI-AFRICA

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Saturday, 14 October 2017

To those of you Ndi Igbo laughing and insulting our people who ran to take their kids from school, please read what a Northerner wrote and receive sense.



To those of you Ndi Igbo laughing and insulting our people who ran to take their kids from school, please read what a Northerner wrote and receive sense.

"So I have been seeing posts making fun of people of the South East for rejecting Immunization and running home with their kids because of rumors that they are being injected with Monkey Virus.

This is part of what I have been complaining about no information, no community engagement no advocacy, if you talk they will say the head of agency has been tweeting.

Do you know how much we spend for community sensitization and awareness campaigns before entering a community with an intervention?

Advocacy to gate keepers; community leaders, religious leaders, CWO, zunumtan Mata, okada riders, market women, youth groups, landlord association, pensioners etc. We have to engage them and explain to them what we are doing, take their questions and respond to their fears.

Beyond the initial entry I keep sharing pictures of our quarterly meetings in the community to give feedback of our intervention, it costs millions almost billions to do that, 50 community leaders over 500 communities in just 22 states, transportation and lunch calculate the cost. Why do we do that? Because it is cheaper to engage than to let the people be guessing and trading in rumor.

With this monkey virus no engagement, nothing. If you ask they will give you a link to an old speech of the Minister, another will tell you twitter is more effective and their boss is tweeting.

Shame on those of you laughing at them. Instead of holding your officials responsible to do their jobs you are making everything politics.

My brother Dr Babagana Kundi Machina yesterday had to share a proactive measure they took in Yobe state to immediately quell rumors of kids being vaccinated in their head and stomachs in schools.

If there was proper community engagement there would be no panic. Laugh all you want you are actually the ignorant one.

Millions and billions are spent on advocacy, to clear the mess on polio even the Sultan had to be engaged. People have their myths you do not just walk into a community and start administering vaccines who is the idiot who taught it was a good strategy?  Even supposedly went with soldiers"

~ Aishatu Ella John

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