His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura has given the assurance of the Nasarawa state Government towards compliance and support toward effective immunization and eradication of polio in the Nigeria.
Gov. Almakura gave the assurance as he received the Northern Traditional Rulers Committee on Primary Health Care led by His Eminence Sultan of Sokoto HRH Mohaamad Sa’ad Abubakar who come for a courtesy call 3rd Quarterly Meeting on Polio Eradication and Routine Immunization which was held in Nasarawa State.
The Governor Lauded the Committee for their commitment and efforts at sensitization and ensuring compliance to the routine Immunization, he commended their efforts which led to a polio free Nigeria in 2014.
He blamed the bad press on the immunization campaign on mischief makers who would want to use the negative press for selfish reasons, calling on the Committee to ensure that it is discussed at their meeting to douse the stigma.
He made it known that Nasarawa would continue to support and collaborate with the committee towards achieving the objectives of which the committee was setup and ensure Nigeria was polio free once again.
He thanked the Sultan for his kind words about what the state government had been doing , in the area of immunization and prevention of communicable diseases, he explained that part of the success came from the policy that brought Primary Health Care under one roof which as ensure the sustainability, calling on other states to emulate.
Lastly disclosed that there would be large budgetary allocation towards health care stating that the next two budgets before he leaves office he would ensure that Primary Health Care would gets the highest it has gotten in the history of the state.
Speaking earlier, His Eminence Sultan of Sokoto HRH Mohaamad Sa’ad Abubakar made it known that their choice of Nasarawa state for their meeting came after the Nasarawa state representative spoke of the efforts the Nasarawa state Government had done in the area of Primary Health Care, which made them decide to bring their meeting Nasarawa state where they were confident the government would receive them with open arms.
The commended the Governor for the assistance he had been giving the health sector the Sultan stating that the committee would present him with a letter of commendation by the National Primary Health Care Agency for his efforts and to encourage him to continue with his good work.
He made it known that they would go round and sees some of the state Government efforts for themselves after their meeting.
He spoke about rumors going round that the polio vaccines were poisoned or targeted at eradication a particular people stating that is all false an baseless , calling on leaders to always douse such stories stating that the vaccines are totally safe, stating they were there to work for all the people. And such rumors were just to tarnish the image of government.
He spoke about how at a recent meeting polio in UAE where 5 billion dollar was sought to provide polio vaccines for some countries , and the forum raised 5.5 billion , explaining that that was why Panadol was sold and polio vaccine was free due to the fact that someone had already paid for it. Explaining that there is nothing wrong in taking any vaccine.
He advised the people that they should never play politics with people’s health and security.