The government of Enugu state has threatened to take strong action against any persons or organizations proven to be discouraging citizens from getting vaccinated.
On Tuesday, while announcing the addition of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination to Enugu State’s Routine Immunization Schedule, Governor Peter Mbah issued the warning.
Mbah, who was represented by his Deputy, Chief Ifeanyi Ossai, said, “The state government will not fold its arms and watch those who are not medically inclined and knowledgeable on medical issues to rubbish its efforts through social media and other means.”
The ceremony served as the kickoff for a free, statewide vaccination campaign for girls aged 9–14 that will run from October 24–29 and distribute the HPV vaccine (designed to prevent cervical cancer).
We are keeping an eye out for people and organizations that routinely try to dissuade locals from getting vaccines that could improve their health now and in the future.
When it comes to the health of our citizens and communities, the government will not stand for criticism from those who lack proper knowledge.
We will now take firm legal action against such people and organizations. We’re keeping an eye on the people who are trying to undermine us, he assured them.