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Kogi Govt. seeks traditional rulers’ support on polio vaccination

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Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (KSPHCDA) has called for the support of traditional rulers and other stakeholders for effective polio vaccination in the state.

The Executive Director of the agency, Dr Abubakar Yakubu, made the call during an advocacy visit to the Attah of Igala, Dr Michael Idakwo Ameh-Oboni II, at his palace on Tuesday in Idah Local Government Area of Kogi.

Yakubu appreciated the roles played by traditional rulers, especially in ensuring that people were sensitised to participate in routine immunisations in the state.

He said that the advocacy visit to the palace was in respect of the Fractional Inactivated Polio Vaccine (FIPV) scheduled for Jan. 21 till Jan. 26 in the nine local government areas of Kogi East.

He noted that “this is another opportunity for us to put a final nail on the coffin of polio in Kogi, and we want everybody to be involved.

“We have had series of advocacy visits to the stakeholders for support on the ongoing campaign on FIPV to be carried out in Kogi East.

“It is very important for us to see that this exercise enjoys atmosphere of goodwill from our royal majesty, to seek his support, so that the people can be vaccinated.

“It is part of the efforts we have put in place to kick out poliomyelitis out of the state completely.”

The director explained that the agency had visited the Police Commissioner to ensure that security was in place.

In his response, Alhaji Adama Sule, the Secretary of Igala Area Traditional Council, who spoke on behalf of the Attah of Igala, commended the agency and the state government for efforts on polio eradication in the state.

He added that his royal majesty had been a partner to all the healthcare programmes in the state, and thanked donor agencies who had been contributing to the success of the programme.

”His Majesty is an advocate of quality healthcare for his people and we will continue to sensitise ourselves and send the messages across every nook and cranny of Kogi East, as well as to all the royal chiefs.

“We pray on behalf of his majesty that polio should be kicked out finally from Kogi State,” Sule said.

The team also paid advocacy visit to His Royal Highness, the Onu of Ibaji, Chief John Egwemi in Ibaji Local Government Area, who said he was delighted to receive the team.

”I am delighted to see you, because it is very embarrassing that after all the efforts to kick polio out, polio is still found in Igala land in Ibaji.

“Our efforts now is to ensure that it is finally kicked out as planned by the entire world.”

Egwemi appreciated the agency for taking the pains to come to his people even on canoe and in spite of the terrain.

“I am happy because it is a laudable programme; that you are taking the trouble to reach out to us, to kick polio out of our society,” the monarch said.

Earlier, Alhaji Yusuf Acheku, the Kogi State Health Educator, said that the state government  embarked on pre-social mobilisation activities for the FIPV to ensure that people were adequately informed.

Edited by: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

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