In a bid to ensure that rural communities are well taken care of in terms of health, the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency has set up a committee of traditional rulers.

This was made known by the State Health Education Officer, Hamza Ikara, at a two day training for members of the committee.

The job of the 32-member committee is to promote health issues in rural communities. “They would serve as liaison between the agency and Emirs and Chiefs as well as communities in the state. They are also charged with conducting training for traditional institutions in the state and collecting and collating monthly vital statistics and routine immunisation data from all emirates and chiefdoms.’’

According to the State Health Education Officer, “Kaduna State is among the poor performing states in terms of routine immunisation with only 35.5 per cent of children under one year fully immunised of all vaccines. The lower the routine immunisation coverage, the higher the infant and under-fives mortality rate.’’

“They are the custodians of culture in the society and people look up to them, so we are training them in order to help sensitize residents on the importance of health and immunisation”, Ikara said.

An important aim of the training that was organized in partnership with Chigari Foundation is developing sustainable community-based mechanism for routine immunisation.

Author: Yemi Olarinre