The District Head of Wakama in Nasarawa, Chief Adams Makka-Nangba, has urged parents to allow their children be immunised against measles and meningitis in order to boost their health and standard of living.
Makka-Nangba, made the call on Friday, while speaking with newsmen in his palace after a sensitisation meeting with the Wakama ward immunisation focal officer, Mrs Martina Namo.
He called on the parents to ensure that all children of between ages nine months and 59 months were left out of the immunisation as scheduled for Nov. 30 by the state government.
The traditional ruler said that the importance of child immunisation to societal development could not be overemphasised, hence the need for parents to embrace it.
He promised to continue to mobilise parents to bring out their
children for immunisation as part of his efforts at complementing government’s efforts towards improving the health status of the children.
“Measles and meningitis are deadly diseases, hence the need for parents to mobilise their children for the exercise, as it has been said that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation.
“I also want to call on all entire Wakama village heads, traditional titles holders, women leaders, youths, churches and mosques as well as all the residents to participate fully in the exercise.
“I also want to commend the federal, state and local governments for paying adequate attention to the programmes targeted at eradicating measles, meningitis and other health challenges being faced by the people,” he said.
Makka-Nangba called on the focal officer to ensure effective coverage of all the communities in the district by health workers during the exercise.