Dauda Mbaya, Maiduguri

Islamic leaders and Ulamas in Borno State have been urged to educate their followers on the importance of immunising their children against the six killer diseases.

The Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Alhaji Baba Gaji Bulama, made the call at a sensitisation workshop organised in Maiduguri recently.

The workshop was attended by Ulamas Sangaya and Islamic school Head teachers, voluntary Islamic organisations and scholars in the state.

The commissioner, who was represented by the director of religious affairs in the ministry, Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi, stated that the vaccines were safe and that the vaccine were meant to bring up healthy leaders of tomorrow in the country.

World Health Organisation (WHO) consultant in Borno State, Alhaji Mustapha Mijinyawa, explained that the vaccines boost the immune system of children and prevent them from the devastating effects of these six killer diseases.

Malam Aminu Kano, UNICEF representative in Borno State, stressed the importance of social mobilisation in achieving the objective of all public oriented programmes.

He disclosed that there would be another round of immunisation in January 2009 and urged participants at the workshop to mobilise their people for its success, adding that the immunisation vaccines are also available in all hospitals and health institutions in the state.