By Adam Muhammad, Gusau
The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency NPHCDA in collaboration with Sultanate Foundation for Peace and Development has expressed it’s determination and support to traditional leaders in order to tackle the lingering polio pandemic affecting some states in the north.
This was made known by the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer NPHCDA Dr. Faisal Shuaibu at the northern traditional leaders committee on PHC delivery strategic meeting with traditional leaders of inaccessible areas in six states held at Zamfara teachers training center in Gusau Tuesday.
Dr. Faisal Shuaibu who was represented by Dr. Abdulkadir Gana Usman said by December this year all efforts could be made through collaboration with development partners traditional leaders to ensure that the polio pandemic is reduce to barest minimum in the country.
“The NPHCDA is committed to improve healthcare delivery services to children in the security compromised areas and other outreach community in the six states”.
According to him, the Agency (PHCDA), will remain resolute to educate, enlighten and advocate community on the significance of it’s fight against polio so that their respective areas will be polio free .
“Our Agency will work hand in hand with all the development partners, traditional and religious leaders to redoubtable more efforts in the fight against polio and other spreaded diseases that might cause harmful to children in the six states.”
He promised that, the federal government through his board will continue to work closely with states government to ensure every children have access to PHCS in the country.
In his remarks, the Sultan of Sokoto who was represented by the emir of Argungu, Alh. Samaila Muhammad Mera, said the traditional leaders in the six states will be involved fully for ensuring polio vaccination exercise reached the targeted children in their respective areas.