Monday 17 October 2016

Northern traditional institution is committed to polio eradication – Sultan

As the fight to eradicate polio disease stems, the traditional institution in northern states remains committed to end the killer disease, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has said.

He pointed out that the administration of the vaccine was not prohibited in Islam, urging parents to support the course in order to end the killer disease in the region and Nigeria.

” Traditional rulers are working round the clock to ensure the total eradication of polio.”

He said the efforts were tailored at safeguarding the future and lives of the children and to make them useful to themselves and the nation.

According to the reverred leader, similar efforts were also being intensified by the monarchs to bolster demand for healthcare delivery services.

Sultan who made the comments yesterday in Sokoto on the ongoing four-day Polio Immunization exercise,which ends today, ‎said such efforts to route out polio were sustained due to the resurgence of polio in Borno state recently.

Abubakar who spoke through the State Chairman, Northern Traditional Leaders Committee( NTLC), on Polio and Routine Immunizations, Alhaji Aliyu Attahiru, the Galadiman Garin Sokoto also said:” The NTLC has representatives of all the traditional rulers in the north and they are working in harmony.

” They meet quarterly to review the progress, strengths and weaknesses of the polio campaign in the region.

” This is a view to share notes, surmount the challenges and take formidable steps to ensure the success of the fight against polio and other child-killer diseases.”

The monarch further stated that the NTLC in the state had set up various subcommittees on various aspects of healthcare delivery, as well as other health challenges.

“They include reduction of maternal and child mortality, malaria and routine immunization, among others.”

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