Any parent or caregiver, who prevents a child from receiving the polio vaccine, risks a two-year jail term, the Niger State Government said on Monday in Minna.
Dr. Yahaya Na’uzo, the Executive Director of the state’s Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“`The law establishing the SPHCDA, specifically sections 23 to 28, has made the rejection of immunisation services a criminal offence.
“Such offenders are liable to two years jail term, or a fine of N50,000, or both,” he said.
He said that Niger was the first to enact a law that would prosecute parents, who deliberately denied their children access to immunisation.
According to him, the passage of the Child Rights Act into law was also meant to protect the rights of the children and right to immunisation services.
The SPHCDA boss said that the state last recorded wild polio case in March 2013, in Dakwa village, a border town between Tafa Local government area and the FCT.