While declaring opened yesterday the Northern Muslim Religious Leaders Forum on Primary Healthcare workshop on Strengthening Religious Leaders as Advocates for Immunization and Child Nutrition held at Zaranda Hotel, Bauchi, Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has stressed the need for stakeholders in the health sector to place special emphasis on primary healthcare in order to eradicate problems associated with maternal and child health, which have over the years taken a great toll on the people. The Governor, who observed that primary healthcare formed the bedrock of health activities for the people, has said that the involvement of traditional leaders and Ulamas in the campaign for immunization and other related activities have over the years contributed immensely in enlightening the local population.
He acknowledged the immense contributions of Sultan Foundation for Peace Development, and Bill and Milinda Gate in the provision of healthcare services especially on immunization in the Northern part of the country. Represented by the State Head of Service, Alhaji Liman Bello, the Governor commended the traditional leaders for their commitment and sacrifice on healthcare programme, saying the state government has been making efforts to improve the health condition of the people by playing emphasis on eradication of all diseases those affecting maternal and child health.

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