TRADITIONAL and religious leaders from the northern part of the country have converged in Bauchi for a northern Muslim Religious leader’s forum on Primary Health Care workshop on immunisation and child nutrition. Declaring the workshop opened at Zaranda Hotel Bauchi yesterday, the state governor, Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar, commended the organisers of the event for choosing Bauchi to host the event. Governor Abubakar represented by the State Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Liman Bello, called on religious and traditional rulers in the state to use their positions
and enlighten the populace on the significance of Polio immunisation. In his remarks, the Emir of Bade, Alhaji Kyari Ibrahim Ibn El-Kanemi who is the chairman of the occasion, said the forum was to find more ways of improving the health care services of the people, especially through routine immunisation against diseases. Alhaji Kyari El Kanemi who expressed concern on the lukewarm attitude of some parents on the fight against Polio, observed that the disease remains only in the northern part of the country due to the non cooperation of some parents towards immunising their wards. He called on religious leaders
particularly Imams to use their forum and educate the people on Polio immunisation, saying that Muslim countries like Indonesia and Pakistan have all certified that the Polio immunisation is free from all evils. In a goodwill message, the representative of Qadiriyya sect, Dr. Mansur Datti Kabara, called on muslims to refrain from criticizing something they have little or no knowledge about. Dr. Kabara, who is the Chief Imam of Darul Qadiriyya Mosque in Kano, called on husbands to prevent their children from fallen victims of Polio by allowing them to be immunised against the scourge. In their separate goodwill
messages, Sheikh Hassan Abubakar Dikko from JIBWIS Jos and Alaramma Sanusi Abubakar from the National Qur’anic Research of Nigeria, called on stakeholders not to relent in enlightening the doubting masses on the genuineness of the Polio immunisation. Earlier, the State Commissioner of Health Dr. Halima Mukaddas, disclosed that the state government plans to use traditional rulers and religious leaders in the ongoing fight against deadly diseases in the state. The workshop was attended by over ten prominent traditional rulers from the northern part of the country.

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