By: Abdullahi Faruk, Birnin Kebbi
The Emir of Argungu, in Kebbi, Alhaji Sama’ila Muhammad Mera, has assured health partners sustenance of efforts to promoting primary healthcare services in the state.
Mera gave the assurance when he received a delegation of the Development Research and Project Centre (dRPC) led by District Head of Gagi, in Sokoto State, Alhaji Sani Umar, in Argungu on Wednesday.
He said,” The achievements we have recorded in the country in the area of Polio Eradication and other health advocacy related issues are not the sole efforts of traditional rulers. All stakeholders have played a vital role in achieving the feat.
“I assure you of our untiring and sustain efforts in promoting primary healthcare services in the state in particular and country at large.”
Mera urged the stakeholders in health 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 them and sincerely thank them for their support and trust,” the emir said.
Earlier, Umar, who is the representative of the eRPC, said that the responsibility given by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, to traditional leaders in Northern Nigeria was a big one but not an impossible one.
He quoted the minister as urging the traditional leaders to demands their own standard primary healthcare, one per political ward, from state and local governments or from politicians running for office.
“In our many years of development work, the development Research and Project Centre (dRPC), has been supporting traditional leaders to take an active role in public heath and in strengthening the public health system at community level.
“We believe that traditional leaders have an important role to play as champions for the health and development of their people,” he said.
Umar said that the aim of their was to encourage the emir to take all necessary steps to carry out his role as champion for primary healthcare.
“We hope by the 2nd quarter council meeting there will be positive reports from northern traditional leaders.
“We are here also to offer a hand of support as you convene step down meetings to take back the message from the Minister of health to other northern traditional leaders.
“As you may consider the need of training for other northern traditional leaders on technical issues related to PHC under one roof national policy we also here to support for trainings and meetings,” he said.
The dRPC’s representative assured the emir of the centre’s support to traditional leaders in order to strengthen the primary healthcare system.
DRPC has been working in Nigeria since 1993 to improve pubkic health , and is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation under the partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health at Scale.