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With a view to learning from the good contribution of the Mayor and his staff for the proper use of Health Services.
The story from the meeting:
The Mayor and his executives have repeatedly said that they consider all the health structures of the commune as their properties. This is the reason why they take part in all meetings related to health and they are sometimes present at the monthly or quarterly meetings of the sub-prefectural and prefectural health review.
According to the Mayor, this is one of the reasons why during the outbreak of Ebola fever, the sub-prefecture of Diécké was not touched. However, it is the sub-prefecture that makes border with the neighbouring country Liberia, which experienced a strong Ebola epidemic.
There is a real smooth communication between the health personnel and the communal authorities in favour of the population.
Statement by the Mayor: “During a polio vaccination campaign, a woman refused to have her children immunized. Called upon, I personally made the trip to meet the woman. She was strongly opposing her children being touched by immunization staff. I had to ask the staff to put a few drops of vaccine in my mouth to prove to the woman that the vaccine is not a poison. I told her to come and see my children who get all the vaccines. Finally, she accepted and her children received the vaccine drops."