By Florence Adewale
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has stressed the need for government to intensify sensitization for mass vaccination against Covid-19.
He made the call at the fourth quarterly meeting of the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Primary Health Care delivery in Abuja.
Alhaji Abubakar who said traditional rulers were closer to the people, stressed the need for government to carry all stakeholders along in policy making for effective implementation of the policies.
The Sultan further urged government to regulate the social media to check the spread of fake news as this had triggered crisis in some areas.
In an address, the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Mohammed urged the federal government and legislators to ensure adequate and timely funding of primary health care centers for efficient service delivery to people at the grassroots.
“You will all agree with me there is evidence of donor fatigue on all issues of Public Health globally partly because of many demands and a drop in world economy due to the impact of Covid. A situation where we have to shift campaigns to three times in a quarter. It also says a lot about our planning and what the future holds if support dries up.”
“I want to commend and thank the Executive Director of NPHCDA and his Management Team for their dedication to duty and for responding to our suggestions and reports and for believing that traditional and religious leaders are key to solving our nation’s public health problems. Please be assured of our readiness to support you always.”
On his part, the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib applauded the traditional rulers for their support to ensure more Nigerians were vaccinated and stressed the need for Nigerians to get the booster vaccines to guard against the present omicron variant.
The event attracted stakeholders from the emirate councils across the northern states of Nigeria.