By Suzan Edeh
Bauchi—The United Nations Child Fund, UNICEF, Country Representative, Mohamed Fall, has solicited the support of traditional leaders in Bauchi State in the areas of polio eradication and routine immunisation towards the well-being of children in the state.
Mr. Fall, who made the plea when he paid homage to the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, explained that without the active support of traditional and religious leaders, polio eradication in the country will not be possible.
He also alerted the traditional institution of other problems facing children, including severe acute malnutrition and low coverage of routine immunisation.
He said: “We all know that before we got the mobilisation of traditional and religious leaders, Nigeria was an extremely big concern for the humanity. Until recently, based on most recent data, only one child out of five reached the third coverage of vaccination, which is extremely low by international standard.
“If not for the conflict in Borno State, where fresh cases were recorded due to inaccessibility to many communities, Nigeria would have been declared polio free by now.”
Responding, the Emir of Bauchi, Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, told the UNICEF chief that the emirate had four structures at ward, village, district and emirate levels on polio and routine immunisation to promote children’s good health.