Traditional rulers in northern Nigeria have reinstated their commitment to the immunisation of every child in the region.
They made the commitment at the quarterly Northern Traditional Leaders Committee Meeting on Primary Healthcare Delivery, held in Abuja. The meeting was to assess the level of improvement recorded so far on vaccinations across the Northern region in Nigeria towards achieving good primary health care delivery in Nigerian communities.
The Chairman of the Committee and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, said that the traditional rulers are recording tremendous success now on vaccination especially in the rural areas where cases of polio, yellow fever and cholera is high. He said that the traditional rulers raised the level of engagement and ensured that every Child is vaccinated under their leadership.
While addressing the Northern Traditional Leaders committee on Primary Healthcare delivery, Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire applauded the efforts of the rulers in achieving successful vaccination in the Northern region and urged them to do more enlightenment so that people will know the importance of vaccination especially in the rural areas.
The Executive Director Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaibu, said that there is the need to further strengthen the community engagement as the risk of polio is still very much in the Northern part of Nigeria.
UNICEF, WHO among other stakeholders assured the traditional lenders of their readiness to continue giving maximum support in primary healthcare services, noting that primary healthcare is central in ensuring the survival.