Thanks for your feedback. I don't know what or which religious leaders the authors of the report you cited were talking to.
Our experience was often successful whenever we reached out to such leaders in Cross River state, Nigeria. Infact I recall one such religious leader was the Deputy Governor of the State at the time.
In my 'CONCLUSION' in the chapter, ‘FIXING THE FAILED IMMUNISATION SYSTEMS IN NIGERIA: THE CROSS RIVER STATE EXPERIENCE:’, in my Book titled ‘Whole System Change of failing health systems (Ana, J. Whole System change of Failing Health Systems. 2009. ISBN:978-978-49487-0-8 Lagos Fine Print. P. 47), I wrote: Quote -
‘------------------The remarkable increase in routine immunization in cross river state between 2004 and 2008, would not have been possible without the massive and active support given by many individuals and organizations to which the state remains eternally grateful. ‘------ Special thanks must go to His Excellency, Elder (Dr) Walter Patrick Eneji, former Deputy Governor of the State who frequently appealed to the Christian and Moslem parents, guardians and carers to respond to the social mobilization and health promotion invitations mounted by the ministry and civil society organisations, urging them to bring their children and wards for immunization ( because there is no religious contraindication to immunization): many a time, in very poor weather, and after traveling long distances to the rally venue.' Unquote.
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