Sokoto state in Northwest Nigeria has begun a mobilisation programme of all its communities, to prevent the outbreak of endemic diseases.
Alhaji Balarabe Kakale, Sokoto State Commissioner for Health during an interactive meeting with members of Sarkin Adar Gandu Community, Sokoto North Local Government Area of the state, said community action was important in the prevention of endemic diseases.
He said “Sarkin Adar area has been the most challenging during any out-break of diseases in the state and needed to be given more priority to avoid such.”
area is one of the areas where a lot of revenue is being generated in Sokoto, but it has so many challenges such as the spread of diseases.
Mr Kakale assured the community of preparedness to ensure that its citizens enjoy good health by protecting them from diseases and investing more in their health.
“We have invited health personnel to conduct research across the area in order to identify the causative agents of the over spread in the community,” he said.
The commissioner also called on the community to support the government in ensuring proper environmental and personal hygiene.
He urged the residents of the community to always “be the first to attend immunization programmes to avoid the outbreak of diseases in the area.’’
Speaking earlier, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Sokoto chapter, Isa Shuni who also attended the meeting, said it was aimed at preventing recurrence of the outbreak of endemic diseases across the state.
According to Shuni, journalists being the bridge between the government and the society are also responsible to always ensure the people are well protected, most especially in health related issues.
“As such, we organised the meeting to hear from the community and the government, in order to suggest the necessary solutions to avoid future occurrence of endemic diseases in the state.’’
The meeting organised by the state chapter of NUJ in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health, was attended by community leaders, representatives of Non Governmental Organisations (NGO’s), Ministries of Animal Health, Environment, Water Resources, Land and Housing Development.