By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The District Head of Makarfi in Kaduna state, Sulukin Zazzau, Alhaji Adamu Abdullahi, has appealed to the Fulani Traditional Rulers (Ardos) to give all necessary support and cooperation to polio immunization in the state.
He made the call, while speaking at a public Awareness/Sensitization exercise organized by Nomadic Immunization Forum for Fulani leaders in Kudan, Makarfi, Ikara and Kubau local government areas.
According to Abdullahi, the support became necessary to enable all the Fulani parents accept polio immunization and routine immunization, among others.
The District Head, in a sensitization, which was held at Makarfi Town, urged the Fulani leaders that apart from accepting polio immunization, they should always live together in peace with others in their domain.
The State Administrative Secretary of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Kaduna State Chapter, Malam Abdullahi Adamu, also stressed the importance of polio immunization and other health issues, and urged them to ensure that children of 0-5 years were adequately vaccinated in their communities.
In his presentation, the Kaduna State Coordinator of Journalist’s Initiative on Immunization Against Polio, JAP, Malam Lawal Dogara, told the gathering that the polio vaccines are safe and secured. According to him, the vaccination are aimed at making the children to grow well and healthier
He called on Fulanis to always welcome the vaccinators and present their kids for vaccination, saying “It is only when the children are in good health they can work harder to achieve success in life.”
The Director of Primary Health Care, PHC, Makarfi LGA, Abdullahi Sani Bamacco, commended the organizers of the sensitization saying that the exercise will help towards improving polio immunization acceptability, most especially in the Fulani settlements.
At the end of the sensitization exercise, Fulani rulers/leaders promised to do their best to enable Fulanis accept polio immunization all the times.
The four leaders that made the promise were, Alhaji Ibrahim Magaji, representing Ikara; Alhaji Yusuf Gimi, representing Makarfi; Fulani Abubakar Dandako, representing Kudan and Alh. Musa Abubakar Dutsenwai, representing Kubau.
According to them, they would sensitize their people for the overall success of polio immunization and routine immunization, among others.