Religious groups to support fight against polio
Governor Aminu Tambuwal has incorporated the Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI), and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), as part of the Task Force to support the fight against polio in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this came to the fore on Sunday, in Bodinga town, Bodinga Local Government Area of the state at the commencement of the immunisation plus days.
Speaking at the event, the governor announced the formation of an expanded high powered task force, made up of leadership of JNI and CAN.
He said that the committee will ensure the massive mobilisation of all persons resident in the state, towards the success of the exercise.
He said,”my administration is committed in ensuring that the successes recorded in the fight against polio and other killer-diseases are not reversed.”
Tambuwal further called on stakeholders not to relent until the country was free from the dreaded polio virus.
Tambuwal said,” the Sokoto State Government has committed huge sums of money for the renovation of hospitals, construction of staff houses, as well as provision of basic medical equipment to Primary Healthcare Centres.
” This is to enable them provide qualitative primary and secondary health care services to the people.
“We will also continue to renovate our health facilities and construct some additional primary health centers for equitable distribution of facilities in all areas where there are none.”.
Tambuwal also directed all the 23 local government areas to provide all needed support towards the success of the exercise.
The governor also inaugurated the task force on polio immunisation and implementation in all the 23 LGAs with each council chairman serving as head.
In his remarks, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, represented by the Magajin Rafin Sokoto, Alhaji Rilwanu Bello, called on all district heads to be fully involved in the immunisation drive.
In their separate remarks, representatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, Rotary International and national primary Healthcare Development Agency, reiterated their determination to ensure that Nigeria is free from the wild polio virus (WPV).
On his part, the state commissioner of health, Dr. Balarabe Kakale called on all communities to take precautionary measures on the impending risk of Gastro enteritis, especially as the raining season is about to set in.
He also appealed to people to maintain personal and environmental hygiene, adding that the ministry will continue to discharge its duties effectively.
Other members of the task force announced by the governor include development partners, women groups, heads of security agencies, traditional and religious leaders, labour leaders, political officers, student groups, members of the civil societies, among others.