A team coordinator in charge of polio immunization at Bangida Baga ward in Bodinga local government area of Sokoto state has been arrested over alleged diversion of oral and injectable vaccines.
The coordinator (name withheld) was said to had taken the vaccines meant for the ward to his personal residence.
“We gave him the vaccines, his allowance and all that he requires for the commencement of the exercise at the ward which he diverted to his personal residence,” the Executive Director of the Primary Health Care Development Agency, Alhaji Adamu Romo said
Romo said that both the vaccines and the money have been recovered by the police, adding that they would follow the case to its logical conclusion.
He said that the agency had taken strict measures to forestall reoccurance.
Romo who inspected some wards in the area on Friday has expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance by parents.
According to him, there was not case of noncompliance so far which he attributed to intensive sensitization, involvement of local stakeholders.
He added that a piece of indomie noodle given to immunized child also boost compliance.
Also speaking, the Chiroman Bodinga, Alhaji Junaidu Abdulrauf, said over 200 primary school pupils were immunized on Friday.
He said that the 6-day exercise would be a succssiful one because parents were fully sensitized.