Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammad Sanusi 11 has called on traditional leaders in Nigeria to compliment government efforts towards reducing the the rate of maternal mortality in the country.
The former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor gave the charge at a 2-day retreat for traditional rulers from Kano state held in Kaduna.
The retreat organised by the Maternal New born Child Health – two (MNCH2) Kano office had all the forty-four district heads of Kano state in attendance, with the aim of enlightening them on their role at educating their people on ways to curtail the high rate of maternal mortality within their domain in the state.
The Emir who was represented by the Galadiman Kano, Alhaji Abbas Sanusi, maintained that the Emirate council at its own level has established a traditional leaders council committee on health to enlighten their followers at the grassroot on the need for embracing the ante-natal care programme for women.
He therefore enjoined participants to make good use of knowledge to be acquired at the retreat and put same to use accordingly.
Also speaking the. National team leader of MNCH2 DR Salma Anas Kolo charged parents to send their children to read Mexican and related health field in order to fill the larger gap that has been left in the health sector.
Earlier, Kano State commissioner for health, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso said, “Kano state government has given priority to maternal mortality issues in the state by providing free treatment to pregnant women up to delivery stage.
He said efforts was been made for upgrade of hospitals at every level in the state as well as enlightening the public which he said will go along way in reducing maternal mortality in the state.
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN