Sokoto to stop underpayment to state health workers

Sokoto State Commissioner for Health, Dr Muhammad Ali Inname, has assured that underpayment to state health workers would soon be a thing of the past.

The commissioner made the assurance at an official launching and flag-off of MCV2 introduction in the state. 

Dr Inname who represented the governor, Rt. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, reiterated the state government’s commitment to the improvement of health and provision of quality healthcare services to all. 

He said arrangements have been made for the recruitment of thousands of health volunteers who will help in complementing the state government’s efforts towards the provision of health services. 

He added that the state government is working day and night to see all underpaid staff in the health sector get their normal salaries soon. 

The MCV2 represents a platform to deliver other interventions to children in their second year of life. Its introduction marks a significant enhancement of the routine immunization schedule. 

Recall that previously, children required five visits all before their first birthday to get the full schedule of vaccines; these are at birth, six weeks, 10 weeks, 14 weeks and 9 months. 

With the introduction of the second dose of measles at 15 months, the complete vaccination schedule now requires six visits; any child 15 to 23 months can be taken to get a second measles vaccination to strengthen their immunity and that of their community.

Inname, further explained that the second dose of measles is a powerful opportunity to provide more protection against an ancient but preventable disease that continues to afflict children. 

He advised all parents and guardians to seize the opportunity with both hands.

“It is therefore important for children everywhere – in the cities or villages, in riverine areas or mountainous ranges, in the comforts of their homes or in IDP camps to be protected”. 

This year’s event took place at Primary Health Centre, Arkila, Wamakko local government. 

It was a collaborative effort between state Ministry of Health, state primary healthcare development agency, UNICEF, WHO and other partners.  

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