Traditional and religious leaders in Kebbi State have been urged to adopt strategies on how to disseminate and use health information to control the spread of diseases in their communities.
The commissioner of Health, Alhaji Usman Umar Kambaza made the call in Birnin Kebbi while declaring open a two day workshop for traditional and religious leaders on creation of awareness to control the menace of dangerous diseases in their communities.
He said that the support of traditional leaders was needed in order to mobilise their subjects and help in changing the state’s indices on health particularly at grassroots level.
‘’This new innovation attest to the confidence and hopes government attaches to the issue of community ownership and community development.
“Our traditional and religious institutions have over the years proven to be the most reliable and credible source of pride on information dissemination particularly at the grassroots level,” he said.
He said the ministry has resolved to revisit and adopt the pre- historic communication strategy as a medium of passing messages to communities.
Kambaza stressed that the state government is committed to improving health care system that is aimed at radically reducing the negative health indices in the state.
In her remarks, the permanent secretary of the ministry, Hajiya Halima Boyi Dikko said the essence of the forum was to bring together individuals from different perspectives to share ideas and opinions on best health practices and how communities can protect themselves from the adverse effects and burden of a number of diseases that are predominant in the state.
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