Sultan tasks traditional rulers on COVID-19 vaccination campaign

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has reiterated the need for traditional rulers in the northern states support the ongoing campaign on COVID-19 vaccination.

Abubakar made the call on Monday, in Abuja, at the 2021 second quarter review meeting of the Northern Traditional Committee on Primary Health Care Delivery (NTLC) .

Represented by the of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Muhammad, the sultan said it was crucial deepen the message on the acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccination.

He commended the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDC) for its efforts in the campaign against the spread of the pandemic and in its commitment fostering stronger ties with the NTLC in the interest of the people.

“As a committee, we shall continue work assiduously towards mobilising the people accept the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination exercise.

“The committee played a very prominent role in the fight against polio, we need replicate such effort in the task ahead.

“I am encouraged by the roles already being played by some traditional rulers, especially those who presented themselves publicly for vaccination.

is a good example and message the people, and such images be used massively mobilise the people participate in the exercise,” he said.

He said showcasing the images of traditional rulers taking the vaccine would help counter the negative massages about the exercise.

In his remarks, Dr Faisal Shuaib Executive Director, NPHCDA, described the NTLC review meeting as `very important’.

“This meeting has given us the confidence that our programmes are aligned with the people. We appreciate the efforts and commitment of the NTLC in the campaign, ensure public acceptance of COVID-19 vaccination,” he said.

He called for more proactive efforts towards curbing cases of vaccine hesitancy, saying, “we need improve community knowledge of the of the COVID-19 vaccination”.

According him, town hall meetings would be held at the zonal, state, local government and ward levels deepen the COVID-19 vaccination message.

“So far, zonal level town Hall meetings have been successfully conducted in the north central and  north eastern zones,” he said. (NAN)