Alhamdulillahi Robil Alamin, Filzah is 2 months old today. So she just had her first set of vaccines.
At an infant’s 2-month “well baby” appointment, most regions in Canada give DTaP-IPV-Hib (5 vaccine combination), Pneumococcal-13 (1 vaccine) and Rotavirus (1 vaccine in an oral dose). Therefore one’s baby will receive a total of 7 vaccines in 2 injections and one oral dose at 2 months. All of which Filzah had few days ago. To God be the glory, she did well afterwards.
Vaccination is the best way to protect your child against many dangerous diseases. In Canada, vaccines prevent illnesses such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), rotavirus, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, pneumococcal and meningococcal diseases, and human papillomavirus virus (HPV).
Not all vaccines are covered by every provincial or territorial health plan. Depending on where you live, you may have to pay for some of them. For instance, we had to buy the Rotavirus vaccine because it isn’t covered by Nova Scotia health insurance. Fortunately, my insurance from my place of work covers prescribed drugs for me and my family which I used to purchase the Rotavirus vaccine because the vaccine is quite expensive.
My mom accompanied me to the hospital and she said to me ‘don’t tell me this is also a government hospital’ and I affirmed. Let me give you a background story, some days prior to Filzah’s 2-month appointment, one of my older children had an eye appointment at the eye clinic and my mother was super intrigued that the eye clinic is a government hospital because of the beautiful ambience, the wonderful treatment by staff and doctors, the sophisticated medical equipments, there is also a children play area for kids to play with toys, make paint colourings and watch TV while they wait for their turn to see a doctor. When leaving, children also get a bag of colours and colouring books plus stickers of their favourite cartoon characters. All these left my mom speechless, that’s why she had to ask me if the hospital we went for Filzah’s immunization is also a government hospital, owning to how we were treated and everything she also witnessed there.
We only waited about 5-10 minutes before we were called in, the 2 doctors and 1 nurse that attended to us were very pleasant and courteous (as always), they had a thorough check on my daughter, the doctors asked questions, took turns to examine her and I could see how interested my mom was. After the examination, immunization and all, one of the doctors led us to the breast feeding room so I could breastfeed my baby while we we wait for 30 minutes so they could make sure my baby’s body tolerated the vaccines very well before leaving the hospital. My mom kept saying ‘O ga o’ (meaning Na wa o 😊).
I can’t begin to tell you all the things that have left my mother perplexed (in a good way) about Canada, she keeps saying she will have more than enough tales to tell when she gets to Naija 😀. I don’t blame her, it is her first ‘in the abroad’ experience, even me wey don dey live here over 2 years still gets flabbergasted sometimes.
The sad part for me is that, not like these top Nigerian politicians don’t travel and see these wonderful things in other countries, but their sheer greed, wickedness and lack of empathy won’t allow them replicate same in Nigeria considering how much wealth and resources that we are blessed with in that nation. May God save us from looters and insensitive political leaders.
This is not to say Canada is all bliss since it is tax payers’ money that is being put to good use anyway.
God help and bless Nigeria.
Thank you Canada, Dalhousie Family Medical Centre (Spryfield) and IWK Health Centre.
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