Immunisation: Edo govt reads riot act against exploitative health workers

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The
Edo State Government has issued a warning against unscrupulous health
workers who extort monies from Edo residents in exchange for
immunisation in government hospitals, maintaining that immunisation is
free.

In
a statement, the state government warned health workers involved in the
act to desist forthwith and urged members of the public who encounter
such workers to report them to the appropriate quarters for necessary
action.

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The
government decried the condemnable practice, which deprives many across
the state the opportunity to benefit from the free immunisation
campaign.

The
statement reads in part: “The Edo State Government has noticed that
some unscrupulous health workers charge residents and indigenes of the
state money for immunisation, thereby depriving many across the state
the opportunity to benefit from this service which is free of charge.

The government restated that “immunisation for newly born and older children are free and at no cost to beneficiaries.”

The
state called on all citizens to promptly report anyone who demands
money in exchange for immunisation across the state, to any
representative of government nearest to them, including the local
government chairman, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health or the
State Commissioner for Health.

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