Sultan declares polio vaccines safe, Islamic

By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
SULTAN of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III yesterday flagged off ‎the Sub-National Immunization Plus Days (SIPDs) reiterating that the polio and other child-killer diseases vaccines are safe and islamic. 

Abubakar who spoke on in Wamakko town, headquarters of Wamakko Local Government of Sokoto State also restated the commitment of NorthernTraditional Rulers Committee on Polio and Routine Immunization towards eradicating polio and other child- killer diseases in the country.

‎He further added that vaccines for polio and other child-killer diseases like measles, diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus, among others were safe.

According to him” the vaccines had been internationally and medically certified by
medical experts and Islamic clerics.

” We have also concurred with them, as we will not accept and consent to anything that will harm our children.”

The reverred monarch also appealed to Nigerians to accept the vaccines, routine immunization, while pregnant women should avail themselves of the various antenatal services available.

Speaking, Sokoto state Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal commended the federal government, the sultan and development partners for the relentless efforts to eradicate polio and other diseases.

The governor, however, vowed, saying that” we will continue to support all endeavors for Nigeria to be certified polio-free.

” The state government is committed to all agreements it had signed on all aspects, including health.

” That was why the state government allocated sixteen per cent of its 2017 budget to the health sector.”

Accordingly, Tambuwal vowed to redress all the formidable challenges to improve the disturbing health indices in the state.

In the same vein, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Primary Healthcare and
Communicable Diseases, Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa, expressed the resolve of the Senate to see to the removal of Nigeria from the list of polio endemic countries soon.

Also, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Health
Services, Mr Chike Okafor, represented by his deputy, Alhaji Mohammed Usman, also promised sustained funding to provide efficient healthcare services to Nigerians.

In his remarks, spokesman of the Development Partners, Dr Fiona Braka, said,” WHO and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners remain firmly committed to support Sokoto state and the Government of Nigeria in revitalizing the immunization program.”

Similarly in their respective remarks, the State Commissioner of Health,Dr Balarabe Kakale and the Special Adviser on PHC, Alhaji Zayyanu Gandi, commended Governor Tambuwal for prioritising the health sector.

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