The Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Public Health Care Delivery (NTLC) has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the Federal Government in resolving Nigeria’s public health challenges.
The NTLC chairman, HRH Muhammed Meira, Emir of Argungu, spoke at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency-convened fourth-quarter review meeting today in Abuja (NPHCDA).
He emphasized that the committee is critical to resolving our health challenges and that it stands ready to assist the government and the general public with their health concerns.
His words , “NTLC will continue to be a dependable ally for as long as you are prepared to work with us.
“As this year rolls to an end and a new year is about to begin, I want to call on all of us to rededicate ourselves to work selflessly and with all the influence we can muster to ensure the interruption of the spread of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus in the coming year.
“I call on the Presidential Committee on Covid-19 to reflect on past efforts against major public health concerns and re- strategies to convert vaccine hesitancy, misuse and spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria. I call on the FG to ensure adequate and timely funding of the operation of the NPHCDA.
“I urge all of us to continue to do more until every Nigerian child and mother is protected against risk of death or debilitating condition from ailments that can be prevented.
“Our development partners UNICEF, WHO and Gates Foundation, we cherish you and sincerely thank you for your support and trust,” he stated.
His Royal Highness also commended the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and his management team for their dedication to duty.
Similarly , the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar in his remarks hinted that: “This body was established 14 years ago to fight polio which we never looked back especially on our discharge and effort to ensure the health of the society.
“We want to go out to convince people about the COVID-19 pandemic and how to tackle it. For use to convince people the government needs to convince us, leaders, to convince people to take the vaccine. The people must have trust in the government. We will fight COVID-19 the way we fight polio.
“The traditional leaders need to be more educated to be able to educate their communities”.
The Executive Director NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib appreciated the support, sacrifice and leadership of the royal father over the last few years.
His words , “We have vaccinated over 8 million eligible Nigerians against COVID-19. Although this figure is far from our target of 112 million individuals to attain health immunity, we have seen a significant improvement in the figures since we launched the mass vaccination campaign to strengthen immunity against COVID-19.
“The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 response, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health at the NPHCDA has approved the administration of booster doses for persons that have completed three doses of the vaccine. The booster dose is meant to strengthen the immune response to COVID-19. People who take the booster dose have greater protection against COVID-19.
“To be eligible to take the booster dose, you must be 18 years or above and must have received the second doses of the vaccine 6 months ago.
“The administration of the booster dose commenced on December 10, 2021 and it’s been sent all across the country. We call on all eligible Nigerians to get their booster doses, especially in the face of the Omicron Variant that is spreading so rapidly across the country. As you all are aware, the Omicron Variant of the COVID-19 virus has already been detected in Nigeria, although studies are being conducted to determine the nature of this variant.
“I want to assure you that the FG has deployed the necessary logistics to lodge and control the variant. We do not need to start a fresh war against Omicron. It is just a variant of the COVID-19 virus that can be handled if we comply and take recommended doses of the vaccine while continuing to observe protective measures such as wearing face masks, regular washing of hands and [keeping the] social distance to protect ourselves,” he hinted.