Niger state Primary Health Care Development Agency (NSPHCDA), has said that it will continue to involve traditional rulers as well as religious leaders to sensitize parents especially mothers on the importance of immunizing their children regularly.

The Executive Director of the Agency, Dr. Ibrahim Ahmed Dangana stated this in an interactive session with newsmen in his office on the certification of Nigeria as Polio free nation by the World Health Organization (WHO) recently.

Dr. Dangana said that the involvement of traditional rulers and religious leaders on sensitization and advocacy was paramount and necessary since they are advocate of the people in their respective communities.

He disclosed further that the involvement of the religious leaders by government will ensure that Nigeria remains a polio free nation among the Global community in the World.

The CEO/ED further explained that government at all levels will as well work with relevant stakeholders like the Port Authority among others to make sure that such effort that was put in place already by the government will be sustained so as to avert the re-occurrence of the disease.

To achieve this, Dr. Dangana said that the federal, state and local government will continue to sustain their effort to strengthen all the health facilities, structures and infrastructures as some of the measures in fighting the polio epidemic in the country.

The agency’s chief stated that community sensitization and advocacy will be a continuous exercise across the state adding that the state have more than 1,300 health facilities that can be accessed by the people where children between 0-5 years old and 9 months can be vaccinated.

He therefore advised mothers and care givers across the state to visit these facilities and have their children immunized, stressing that immunization helps to fight all kinds of diseases such as meningitis, malaria, measles as well as polio among others.