Adamawa state ministry of health in collaboration with UNICEF, WHO, NCDC, and COVID-19 containment committee has moved a nudge further to ensure containing the spread of diseases in all nooks and crannies of the state.
To this effect, the commissioner of health, professor Abdullahi Isa has inaugurated the emirate advisory council on health (EACH) today during a one day sensitization of districts heads on COVID-19 at AUN hotel, Tuesday.
The committee consists of all district heads from the 21 local governments of the state as well as the secretaries of the councils.
The commissioner of health who was represented by Dr. John Stephen, the incident manager, emergency operation center, noted that the traditional institutions have been playing great roles at ensuring the attainment of government programs and policies.
“Let me start by saying that there is no intervention that will succeed without community. It is the key ingredient in the success of interventions.
“There is no way we can make meaningful impact without engaging our royal fathers because they are the key players more especially on COVID-19.
“We all know what has happened. COVID-19 has caused a lot of damage. It has changed everything today, you can see people have limitations in almost everything they do because of COVID-19 and yet many do not believe that COVID-19 is real,” he said.
The commissioner thanked the UNICEF for its unflinching support and interventions to the state in many areas nothing that such interventions have led the state to occupy second position on advocacy in the country.
He noted that the risk intervention communication being supported by UNICEF is one of the most important measures that will lead to the success of the fight against COVID-19.
Commenting shortly after the inauguration, the representative of Lamido of Adamawa who doubles as the district head of Girei, Dr. Ahmed Mustapha (Ubandoman Adamawa) noted that the inauguration of the council marks a watershed in the annals of the health sector in the state.
He said in the past, the traditional institutions have played very significant roles leading to the defeat of the wild polio virus in Nigeria.
Mustapha said the traditional institutions will continue to support government efforts at eradicating all forms of diseases adding that they will accord the government all the needed support to contain the novel COVID-19 pandemic just as they helped to defeat polio virus.
He told the people to discard the myth indicating that the COVID-19 is not real adding that the disease is real and has been causing havoc to lives and global economy since its incursion.