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  •  The Federal Government says that there are no short shelf doses of COVID 19 vaccine donations in the country The Executive Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib said this in Abuja at the official handover of about 2 6 million doses of Johnson Johnson COVID 19 vaccines Shuaib said that the vaccines were now promptly shipped and distributed through the COVAX and AVAT facilities to reduce the risk of expiration The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the vaccines were donated to Nigeria by the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria Amb Jamie Christoff Following the expiration of one million doses of COVID 19 vaccines in Nigeria the Presidential Steering Committee PSC on COVID 19 announced that the country would no longer accept vaccines with short shelf life The committee had said that such vaccines mounted undue pressure on health workers to administer them It also took the decision to destroy one million of such vaccines publicly to assure Nigerians that there was no intention to use them Shuaib said that donors now recognised the need to give away vaccines before their expiration dates According to him they have also created a pathway for prompt shipment and distribution through the COVAX and AVAT facilities to curb the risk of expiration There is now better coordination and the COVID 19 vaccines in the country are not expired nor have short shelf lives The Federal Government through the NPHCDA and other partners has continued to ensure that the country received vaccines with a long expiration date he said He said that 62 million vaccine doses were available in the country at the moment adding that 40 million more were being expected While commending the Government of Canada for providing the much needed support shuaib said that the donation was critical to helping the country ramp up its vaccination rollout process Johnson amp Johnson offers a single dose opportunity for full vaccination which means if you take one dose of the vaccine you are regarded as a fully vaccinated person However we strongly recommend a booster dose after 2 months of taking the initial dose to strengthen your level of immunity against COVID 19 A second dose of the vaccine serves as the booster dose he said According to him we are in a full campaign mode in which COVID 19 vaccines are ready made available in the health facilities and other designated places They are also brought by our vaccination teams to your doorsteps We are leveraging on our polio eradication experience to fight COVID 19 He expressed confidence that with the kind of support received from the Canadian Government Nigeria would sooner than expected be able to put COVID 19 behind On the SCALES 3 0 strategy Shuaib said it offered opportunities for childhood vaccination and other Primary Health Care PHC services for Nigerians alongside the COVID 19 vaccination Parents can take their eligible children for vaccination against polio yellow fever measles and other vaccine preventable childhood diseases in the same locations where the adults receive COVID 19 vaccines Our mobile teams are also in possession of all these vaccines when they visit your homes Please welcome them and present yourselves and your eligible children for vaccination as may be applicable he said Christoff while donating the vaccines said it was his first assignment as an Ambassador to Nigeria The Ambassador recalled that the Canadian Government had earlier donated more than 800 000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Nigeria He said that the donation was in fulfilment of his country s commitment to supporting developing countries in ramping up vaccination against the COVID 19 pandemic According to him in 2020 the world was faced with the challenge to develop an effective vaccine In 2021 the challenges evolved to the production and distribution of the vaccines Today in 2022 we need to put this vaccine within people s reach he said Dr Eduardo Celades Blanco UNICEF Nigeria Chief of Health used the opportunity to call on eligible Nigerians who were yet to be vaccinated to do so If we keep up with the vaccination the likely scenario is that even though the virus continues to evolve the severity of the disease will reduce over time Immunity increases due to vaccination he said While appreciating the Canada for the donation he said the gesture came at a time it was most needed He commended the recent survey on vaccination stressing that in spite of the pandemic the country was only one of the few globally that recorded improved Immunisation coverage The World Health Organisation WHO Representative to Nigeria Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo also commended the country s COVID 19 mass vaccination strategy Mulombo was represented by Dr Kofi Boateng EPI Focal Point Universal Health Coverage UHC He said that other African countries were already looking up to Nigeria to learn how to roll out their vaccinations campaign NAN reports that as of Thursday 40 7 million eligible persons have received the first dose of vaccines while 28 6 million persons fully vaccinated This represents 25 6 per cent of the eligible population Meanwhile 2 6 million fully vaccinated persons have received their booster doses Also the SCALES 3 0 strategy enjoins the 36 states of the federation and the FCT to step up intensive actions to ensure that every eligible adult and child is vaccinated The Federal Government has also designed a performance based incentive to improve the uptake of COVID 19 vaccines and other PHC services in the states and the communities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    No short shelf doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Nigeria — FG
     The Federal Government says that there are no short shelf doses of COVID 19 vaccine donations in the country The Executive Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib said this in Abuja at the official handover of about 2 6 million doses of Johnson Johnson COVID 19 vaccines Shuaib said that the vaccines were now promptly shipped and distributed through the COVAX and AVAT facilities to reduce the risk of expiration The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the vaccines were donated to Nigeria by the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria Amb Jamie Christoff Following the expiration of one million doses of COVID 19 vaccines in Nigeria the Presidential Steering Committee PSC on COVID 19 announced that the country would no longer accept vaccines with short shelf life The committee had said that such vaccines mounted undue pressure on health workers to administer them It also took the decision to destroy one million of such vaccines publicly to assure Nigerians that there was no intention to use them Shuaib said that donors now recognised the need to give away vaccines before their expiration dates According to him they have also created a pathway for prompt shipment and distribution through the COVAX and AVAT facilities to curb the risk of expiration There is now better coordination and the COVID 19 vaccines in the country are not expired nor have short shelf lives The Federal Government through the NPHCDA and other partners has continued to ensure that the country received vaccines with a long expiration date he said He said that 62 million vaccine doses were available in the country at the moment adding that 40 million more were being expected While commending the Government of Canada for providing the much needed support shuaib said that the donation was critical to helping the country ramp up its vaccination rollout process Johnson amp Johnson offers a single dose opportunity for full vaccination which means if you take one dose of the vaccine you are regarded as a fully vaccinated person However we strongly recommend a booster dose after 2 months of taking the initial dose to strengthen your level of immunity against COVID 19 A second dose of the vaccine serves as the booster dose he said According to him we are in a full campaign mode in which COVID 19 vaccines are ready made available in the health facilities and other designated places They are also brought by our vaccination teams to your doorsteps We are leveraging on our polio eradication experience to fight COVID 19 He expressed confidence that with the kind of support received from the Canadian Government Nigeria would sooner than expected be able to put COVID 19 behind On the SCALES 3 0 strategy Shuaib said it offered opportunities for childhood vaccination and other Primary Health Care PHC services for Nigerians alongside the COVID 19 vaccination Parents can take their eligible children for vaccination against polio yellow fever measles and other vaccine preventable childhood diseases in the same locations where the adults receive COVID 19 vaccines Our mobile teams are also in possession of all these vaccines when they visit your homes Please welcome them and present yourselves and your eligible children for vaccination as may be applicable he said Christoff while donating the vaccines said it was his first assignment as an Ambassador to Nigeria The Ambassador recalled that the Canadian Government had earlier donated more than 800 000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Nigeria He said that the donation was in fulfilment of his country s commitment to supporting developing countries in ramping up vaccination against the COVID 19 pandemic According to him in 2020 the world was faced with the challenge to develop an effective vaccine In 2021 the challenges evolved to the production and distribution of the vaccines Today in 2022 we need to put this vaccine within people s reach he said Dr Eduardo Celades Blanco UNICEF Nigeria Chief of Health used the opportunity to call on eligible Nigerians who were yet to be vaccinated to do so If we keep up with the vaccination the likely scenario is that even though the virus continues to evolve the severity of the disease will reduce over time Immunity increases due to vaccination he said While appreciating the Canada for the donation he said the gesture came at a time it was most needed He commended the recent survey on vaccination stressing that in spite of the pandemic the country was only one of the few globally that recorded improved Immunisation coverage The World Health Organisation WHO Representative to Nigeria Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo also commended the country s COVID 19 mass vaccination strategy Mulombo was represented by Dr Kofi Boateng EPI Focal Point Universal Health Coverage UHC He said that other African countries were already looking up to Nigeria to learn how to roll out their vaccinations campaign NAN reports that as of Thursday 40 7 million eligible persons have received the first dose of vaccines while 28 6 million persons fully vaccinated This represents 25 6 per cent of the eligible population Meanwhile 2 6 million fully vaccinated persons have received their booster doses Also the SCALES 3 0 strategy enjoins the 36 states of the federation and the FCT to step up intensive actions to ensure that every eligible adult and child is vaccinated The Federal Government has also designed a performance based incentive to improve the uptake of COVID 19 vaccines and other PHC services in the states and the communities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    No short shelf doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Nigeria — FG
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    No short shelf doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Nigeria — FG

    The Federal Government says that there are no short shelf doses of COVID-19 vaccine donations in the country.

    The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, said this in Abuja, at the official handover of about 2.6 million doses of Johnson Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

    Shuaib said that the vaccines were now promptly shipped and distributed through the COVAX and AVAT facilities to reduce the risk of expiration.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the vaccines were donated to Nigeria by the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb Jamie Christoff.

    Following the expiration of one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Nigeria, the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, announced that the country would no longer accept vaccines with short shelf life.

    The committee had said that such vaccines mounted undue pressure on health workers to administer them.

    It also took the decision to destroy one million of such vaccines publicly, to assure Nigerians that there was no intention to use them.

    Shuaib said that donors now recognised the need to give away vaccines before their expiration dates.

    According to him, they have also created a pathway for prompt shipment and distribution through the COVAX and AVAT facilities to curb the risk of expiration.

    “There is now better coordination, and the COVID-19 vaccines in the country are not expired nor have short shelf lives.

    “The Federal Government, through the NPHCDA and other partners, has continued to ensure that the country received vaccines with a long expiration date,” he said.

    He said that 62 million vaccine doses were available in the country at the moment, adding that 40 million more were being expected.

    While commending the Government of Canada for providing “the much-needed support”, shuaib said that the donation was critical to helping the country ramp up its vaccination rollout process.

    “Johnson & Johnson offers a single-dose opportunity for full vaccination, which means if you take one dose of the vaccine, you are regarded as a fully vaccinated person.

    “However, we strongly recommend a booster dose after 2 months of taking the initial dose to strengthen your level of immunity against COVID-19. “A second dose of the vaccine serves as the booster dose,” he said.

    According to him, “we are in a full campaign mode in which COVID-19 vaccines are ready-made available in the health facilities and other designated places.

    “They are also brought by our vaccination teams to your doorsteps.

    We are leveraging on our polio eradication experience to fight COVID-19. He expressed confidence that with the kind of support received from the Canadian Government, Nigeria would sooner than expected, be able to put COVID-19 behind.

    On the SCALES 3.0 strategy, Shuaib said it offered opportunities for childhood vaccination and other Primary Health Care (PHC) services for Nigerians alongside the COVID-19 vaccination.

    “Parents can take their eligible children for vaccination against polio, yellow fever, measles and other vaccine-preventable childhood diseases in the same locations where the adults receive COVID-19 vaccines.

    “Our mobile teams are also in possession of all these vaccines when they visit your homes.

    “Please welcome them and present yourselves and your eligible children for vaccination as may be applicable,” he said.

    Christoff, while donating the vaccines, said it was his first assignment as an Ambassador to Nigeria.

    The Ambassador recalled that the Canadian Government had earlier donated more than 800,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Nigeria.

    He said that the donation was in fulfilment of his country’s commitment to supporting developing countries in ramping up vaccination against the COVID-19 pandemic.

    According to him, in 2020, the world was faced with the challenge to develop an effective vaccine.

    “In 2021, the challenges evolved to the production and distribution of the vaccines.

    Today in 2022, we need to put this vaccine within people’s reach,” he said.

    Dr Eduardo Celades Blanco, UNICEF Nigeria Chief of Health, used the opportunity to call on eligible Nigerians who were yet to be vaccinated to do so.

    “If we keep up with the vaccination, the likely scenario is that even though the virus continues to evolve, the severity of the disease will reduce over time.

    “Immunity increases due to vaccination,” he said.

    While appreciating the Canada for the donation, he said the gesture came at a time it was most needed.

    He commended the recent survey on vaccination, stressing that in spite of the pandemic, the country was only one of the few globally that recorded improved Immunisation coverage.

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative to Nigeria, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, also commended the country’s COVID-19 mass vaccination strategy.

    Mulombo was represented by Dr Kofi Boateng, EPI Focal Point, Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

    He said that other African countries were already looking up to Nigeria to learn how to roll out their vaccinations campaign.

    NAN reports that as of Thursday, 40.7 million eligible persons have received the first dose of vaccines, while 28.6 million persons fully vaccinated.

    This represents 25.6 per cent of the eligible population.

    Meanwhile, 2.6 million fully vaccinated persons have received their booster doses.

    Also, the SCALES 3.0 strategy enjoins the 36 states of the federation and the FCT to step up intensive actions to ensure that every eligible adult and child is vaccinated.

    The Federal Government has also designed a performance-based incentive to improve the uptake of COVID-19 vaccines and other PHC services in the states and the communities.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Akwa Ibom is driving Nigeria s latest COVID 19 surge as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC confirms 517 additional infections between Aug 6 and Aug 11 2022 The NCDC made this known via its official website on Thursday It said that out of the 517 additional infections recorded Akwa Ibom reported 293 cases while Lagos state recorded 101 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this is the highest case count in the month of August It overturned the previous record of 496 infections reported between July 28 and Aug 1 and 412 infections reported between Aug 2 and Aug 5 The NCDC said that the 517 cases which were recorded in 13 states and the Federal Capital Territory have raised the total number of infections to 262 402 According to it the FCT has 13 cases of the virus Ekiti has 11 Delta and Kano reports nine each Bayelsa has seven and Kaduna records six cases Others include Oyo five Abia three Kwara two Nasarawa two and Plateau two while five states Cross River Ogun Osun Ondo and Sokoto reported zero cases The agency however said that 525 persons had been discharged in the last five days after recovering from the virus thus bringing the total number of discharged persons to 256 006 It said that the death toll from the COVID 19 disease in the country stayed at 3 147 with no additional deaths reported on Thursday The NCDC stated that the report included a backlog of 258 cases in Akwa Ibom from July 3 It added that the states of Cross River Ogun Osun Ondo and Sokoto recorded zeros case It urged Nigerians to take practical steps to prevent the spread of COVID 19 Let us all take responsibility to prevent the spread of the disease and limit the risk of infection among all ages Get vaccinated wear a mask wash your hands frequently coughb or sneeze into your elbow and report when sick it said NAN reports that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA says no fewer than 28 120 290 of total eligible persons targeted for COVID 19 vaccination in the country are fully vaccinated The NPHCDA said that about 11 848 002 of the total eligible persons targeted for COVID 19 vaccination were partially vaccinated Meanwhile In the last five days Yobe state moved up the ladder from 20th position to 18th and currently at 14 percent coverage of full vaccination The NPHCDA said that Enugu state was the best performing state in the South East Zone based on fully vaccinated performance having reached 17 per cent coverage NewsSourceCredit NAN
    COVID-19: Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases
     Akwa Ibom is driving Nigeria s latest COVID 19 surge as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC confirms 517 additional infections between Aug 6 and Aug 11 2022 The NCDC made this known via its official website on Thursday It said that out of the 517 additional infections recorded Akwa Ibom reported 293 cases while Lagos state recorded 101 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this is the highest case count in the month of August It overturned the previous record of 496 infections reported between July 28 and Aug 1 and 412 infections reported between Aug 2 and Aug 5 The NCDC said that the 517 cases which were recorded in 13 states and the Federal Capital Territory have raised the total number of infections to 262 402 According to it the FCT has 13 cases of the virus Ekiti has 11 Delta and Kano reports nine each Bayelsa has seven and Kaduna records six cases Others include Oyo five Abia three Kwara two Nasarawa two and Plateau two while five states Cross River Ogun Osun Ondo and Sokoto reported zero cases The agency however said that 525 persons had been discharged in the last five days after recovering from the virus thus bringing the total number of discharged persons to 256 006 It said that the death toll from the COVID 19 disease in the country stayed at 3 147 with no additional deaths reported on Thursday The NCDC stated that the report included a backlog of 258 cases in Akwa Ibom from July 3 It added that the states of Cross River Ogun Osun Ondo and Sokoto recorded zeros case It urged Nigerians to take practical steps to prevent the spread of COVID 19 Let us all take responsibility to prevent the spread of the disease and limit the risk of infection among all ages Get vaccinated wear a mask wash your hands frequently coughb or sneeze into your elbow and report when sick it said NAN reports that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA says no fewer than 28 120 290 of total eligible persons targeted for COVID 19 vaccination in the country are fully vaccinated The NPHCDA said that about 11 848 002 of the total eligible persons targeted for COVID 19 vaccination were partially vaccinated Meanwhile In the last five days Yobe state moved up the ladder from 20th position to 18th and currently at 14 percent coverage of full vaccination The NPHCDA said that Enugu state was the best performing state in the South East Zone based on fully vaccinated performance having reached 17 per cent coverage NewsSourceCredit NAN
    COVID-19: Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases
    General news4 months ago

    COVID-19: Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases

    Akwa Ibom is driving Nigeria’s latest COVID-19 surge as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirms 517 additional infections between Aug. 6 and Aug.11, 2022. The NCDC made this known via its official website on Thursday.

    It said that out of the 517 additional infections recorded, Akwa Ibom reported 293 cases, while Lagos state recorded 101. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this is the highest case count in the month of August.

    It overturned the previous record of 496 infections reported between July 28 and Aug. 1; and 412 infections reported between Aug. 2 and Aug. 5. The NCDC said that the 517 cases, which were recorded in 13 states and the Federal Capital Territory, have raised the total number of infections to 262,402. According to it, the FCT has 13 cases of the virus, Ekiti has 11, Delta and Kano reports nine each, Bayelsa has seven and Kaduna records six cases.

    Others include Oyo- five, Abia- three, Kwara- two, Nasarawa -two and Plateau- two while five states – Cross River, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, and Sokoto reported zero cases.

    The agency, however, said that 525 persons had been discharged in the last five days after recovering from the virus, thus bringing the total number of discharged persons to 256,006. It said that the death toll from the COVID-19 disease in the country stayed at 3,147 with no additional deaths reported on Thursday.

    The NCDC stated that the report included a backlog of 258 cases in Akwa Ibom from July 3. It added that the states of  Cross River, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, and Sokoto recorded zeros case.

    It urged Nigerians to take practical steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Let us all take responsibility to prevent the spread of the disease and limit the risk of infection among all ages.

    “Get vaccinated, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, coughb or sneeze into your elbow and report when sick,” it said.

    NAN reports that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says no fewer than  28,120,290 of total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination in the country are fully vaccinated.

    The NPHCDA said that about 11,848,002 of the total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination, were partially vaccinated.

    Meanwhile, In the last five days, Yobe state moved up the ladder from 20th position to 18th and currently at 14 percent coverage of full vaccination.

    The NPHCDA said that Enugu state was the best performing state in the South-East Zone based on fully vaccinated performance, having reached 17 per cent coverage. 

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Kebbi State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency KECHEMA has inaugurated gateways forum committee members to provide quality healthcare services to the people of the state The Executive Secretary of the agency Dr Ja afar Muhammad Augie while inaugurating the committee in Binrin Kebbi on Tuesday said it aimed at addressing some challenges encountered by the agency in the state He said The overall aim of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund BHCPF committee is to significantly move the people of the state towards achieving Universal Health Care UHC They are both based on the current National Strategic Health Development Plan II 2018 2022 in the medium term and the long term goals for UHC including the health related goals Muhammad Augie said the committee had been actually operational but informal adding that Primary Healthcare Development Agency PHCDA and KECHEMA inaugurated the committee to address challenges encountered in 2021 by the healthcare provision fund Though we have not been having regular meetings I am sure the meetings are going to be regular on important issues that are going to be addressed as the beneficiaries are all and sundry in the state Therefore the gateways forum is premised upon the objective to promote synergy among the gateways good collaboration among the implementing gateways and for the gateways to agree on a common goal Others are to foster unity and good working relationship towards achieving the set standard of BHCPF as well as steering a goal to achieve UHC he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee s members were drawn from state PHCDA KECHEMA and local government areas Those in at the inauguration included representatives of USAID National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS National Primary Healthcare Development Agency NPHCDA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Agency inaugurates committee on contributory healthcare 
     Kebbi State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency KECHEMA has inaugurated gateways forum committee members to provide quality healthcare services to the people of the state The Executive Secretary of the agency Dr Ja afar Muhammad Augie while inaugurating the committee in Binrin Kebbi on Tuesday said it aimed at addressing some challenges encountered by the agency in the state He said The overall aim of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund BHCPF committee is to significantly move the people of the state towards achieving Universal Health Care UHC They are both based on the current National Strategic Health Development Plan II 2018 2022 in the medium term and the long term goals for UHC including the health related goals Muhammad Augie said the committee had been actually operational but informal adding that Primary Healthcare Development Agency PHCDA and KECHEMA inaugurated the committee to address challenges encountered in 2021 by the healthcare provision fund Though we have not been having regular meetings I am sure the meetings are going to be regular on important issues that are going to be addressed as the beneficiaries are all and sundry in the state Therefore the gateways forum is premised upon the objective to promote synergy among the gateways good collaboration among the implementing gateways and for the gateways to agree on a common goal Others are to foster unity and good working relationship towards achieving the set standard of BHCPF as well as steering a goal to achieve UHC he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee s members were drawn from state PHCDA KECHEMA and local government areas Those in at the inauguration included representatives of USAID National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS National Primary Healthcare Development Agency NPHCDA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Agency inaugurates committee on contributory healthcare 
    General news4 months ago

    Agency inaugurates committee on contributory healthcare 

    Kebbi State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (KECHEMA) has inaugurated gateways forum committee members to provide quality healthcare services to the people of the state.

    The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Ja’afar Muhammad-Augie, while inaugurating the committee in Binrin Kebbi on Tuesday, said it aimed at addressing some challenges encountered by the agency in the state.  

    He said,“ The overall aim of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) committee is to significantly move the people of the state towards achieving Universal Health Care (UHC).  

    “They are both based on the current National Strategic Health Development Plan II (2018-2022) in the medium term and the long-term goals for UHC, including the health- related goals.

    ’’   Muhammad-Augie said the committee had been actually operational but informal, adding that Primary Healthcare Development Agency (PHCDA) and KECHEMA inaugurated the committee to address challenges encountered in 2021 by the healthcare provision fund.  

    “Though, we have not been having regular meetings, I am sure the meetings are going to be regular on important issues that are going to be addressed as the beneficiaries are all and sundry in the state.  

    “Therefore, the gateways forum is premised upon the objective to promote synergy among the gateways, good collaboration among the implementing gateways and for the gateways to agree on a common goal.  

    “Others are to foster unity and good working relationship towards achieving the set standard of BHCPF as well as steering a goal to achieve UHC,’’ he said.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee’s members were drawn from state PHCDA, KECHEMA and local government areas.  

    Those in at the inauguration included representatives of USAID, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA).  


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Ministry of Health FMOH has says it is guided by principles of safety efficacy transparency and accountability in the COVID 19 mass vaccination campaign in the country The Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire gave the assurance on Monday in Abuja Ehanire spoke at the launch of the SCALES 3 0 strategy for COVID 19 vaccination in the country organised by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in November 2021 NPHCDA introduced the SCALES strategy to rapidly increase COVID 19 vaccine coverage It was designed to expand access to COVID 19 vaccines outside the health facility The SCALES is an acronym for Service delivery Communication Accountability Logistics Electronic reporting and supportive Supervision for the ongoing COVID 19 vaccination Mass vaccination sites were established at all public places such as markets parks shopping malls schools mosques and churches Although the government said that the strategy has proven to be effective in shoring up COVID 19 vaccination coverage the proportion of fully vaccinated Nigerians is still low This is partly because the country is using two dose vaccines Most Nigerians are reluctant to take their second dose for various reasons including fear of a repeat of the mild side effects they may have experienced with the first dose The SCALES strategy is using COVID 19 vaccination structures and resources to improve Routine Immunization RI coverage with improved efficiency and reduced duplication of efforts by health care workers This is to ensure that controlling the transmission of COVID 19 does not become a fertile ground for the outbreak of childhood vaccine preventable diseases It became imperative for the government to launch the SCALES 2 0 Strategy It entails the integration of COVID 19 vaccination with childhood routine Immunisation for eligible adults and children leveraging mass vaccination campaigns routine immunisation fixed sessions outreach services and Mobile services The SCALES 2 0 was aimed at providing an opportunity for the single dose COVID 19 vaccine to be rolled out in the states The SCALES 3 0 strategy is an intensive campaign focused on ramping up uptake of COVID 19 vaccines childhood vaccines and other primary health care services at public and private health facilities According to Ehanire no vaccine will be allowed to enter any vaccination site without due authentication and safety verification He said that the government would never compromise on vaccine safety and vaccination standards Let me assure all Nigerians that the Federal Government remains committed to the provision of safe and efficacious COVID 19 vaccines in the country backed with accountability and transparency Every COVID 19 vaccine in Nigeria is tracked by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC to ensure quality and potency across the supply chain he said The minister said that the campaign can only succeed if there was mass mobilisation of Nigerians We are therefore calling on state governors local governments chairmen traditional and religious leaders the media and every Nigerian to lend their support in mobilising the unvaccinated eligible individuals They should register and get vaccinated or walk into the nearest vaccination centres and get vaccinated However total performance still falls short of our desire because as of Wednesday only 24 4 per cent of eligible population had been fully vaccinated Only three states Nasarawa Jigawa and Kano have a vaccination coverage of over 50 per cent leaving 34 states performing sub optimally in vaccination coverage he said The minister added that there was need for the team to refine the current SCALES 2 0 strategy to accelerate COVID 19 vaccination He advised them to identify enablers that were unique to each state and deploy them as state specific strategies to be termed SCALES 3 0 The strategy will be anchored on an intensive three months campaign he said Ehanire said that the strategy was poised to curb the spread of the COVID 19 virus and gain the desired herd immunity as quickly as possible While we are glad that Nigeria is ranked among the high performing countries in terms of COVID 19 vaccine roll out we cannot but acknowledge the fact that we still have a lot of work to do Taking the COVID 19 vaccine is not just an act of self protection but also a civic duty to curtail the spread of the virus Every one of us has a critical role to play in the effort to stop the virus from spreading I therefore urge you to get vaccinated and ensure every eligible person around you is vaccinated he urged Meanwhile the Executive Director NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib said all of the COVID 19 vaccines administered in the country were safe Shuaib said that 25 million eligible Nigerians had received their full doses and 40 million had received at least a single dose According to him that is enough evidence of the safety of the vaccine Shuaib urged Nigerians to get vaccinated against COVID 19 saying it is the best way to avoid severe infection and the risk of spreading to others NAN recalls that more than 12 4 billion COVID 19 vaccine doses had been administered worldwide a gain of 100 million with the world s population of 7 9 billion according to Bloomberg tracking China leads with 3 4 billion doses administered and a 92 4 per cent one shot vaccination rate among the 1 5 billion population the most in the world India is second with 2 billion among the 1 4 billion population and a 74 1 per cent Broken down by world regions Asia Pacific Latin American and U S Canada have administered at least one dose to 80 per cent of the population Europe is at 69 per cent Middle East at 57 per cent and Africa at 26 per cent according to the New York Times tracking NAN reports that as at Monday Nigeria s total confirmed infections were 261 885 255 481 discharged and 3 147 deaths NewsSourceCredit NAN
    COVID-19: FG guided by safety, transparency in mass vaccination — Minister
     The Federal Ministry of Health FMOH has says it is guided by principles of safety efficacy transparency and accountability in the COVID 19 mass vaccination campaign in the country The Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire gave the assurance on Monday in Abuja Ehanire spoke at the launch of the SCALES 3 0 strategy for COVID 19 vaccination in the country organised by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in November 2021 NPHCDA introduced the SCALES strategy to rapidly increase COVID 19 vaccine coverage It was designed to expand access to COVID 19 vaccines outside the health facility The SCALES is an acronym for Service delivery Communication Accountability Logistics Electronic reporting and supportive Supervision for the ongoing COVID 19 vaccination Mass vaccination sites were established at all public places such as markets parks shopping malls schools mosques and churches Although the government said that the strategy has proven to be effective in shoring up COVID 19 vaccination coverage the proportion of fully vaccinated Nigerians is still low This is partly because the country is using two dose vaccines Most Nigerians are reluctant to take their second dose for various reasons including fear of a repeat of the mild side effects they may have experienced with the first dose The SCALES strategy is using COVID 19 vaccination structures and resources to improve Routine Immunization RI coverage with improved efficiency and reduced duplication of efforts by health care workers This is to ensure that controlling the transmission of COVID 19 does not become a fertile ground for the outbreak of childhood vaccine preventable diseases It became imperative for the government to launch the SCALES 2 0 Strategy It entails the integration of COVID 19 vaccination with childhood routine Immunisation for eligible adults and children leveraging mass vaccination campaigns routine immunisation fixed sessions outreach services and Mobile services The SCALES 2 0 was aimed at providing an opportunity for the single dose COVID 19 vaccine to be rolled out in the states The SCALES 3 0 strategy is an intensive campaign focused on ramping up uptake of COVID 19 vaccines childhood vaccines and other primary health care services at public and private health facilities According to Ehanire no vaccine will be allowed to enter any vaccination site without due authentication and safety verification He said that the government would never compromise on vaccine safety and vaccination standards Let me assure all Nigerians that the Federal Government remains committed to the provision of safe and efficacious COVID 19 vaccines in the country backed with accountability and transparency Every COVID 19 vaccine in Nigeria is tracked by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC to ensure quality and potency across the supply chain he said The minister said that the campaign can only succeed if there was mass mobilisation of Nigerians We are therefore calling on state governors local governments chairmen traditional and religious leaders the media and every Nigerian to lend their support in mobilising the unvaccinated eligible individuals They should register and get vaccinated or walk into the nearest vaccination centres and get vaccinated However total performance still falls short of our desire because as of Wednesday only 24 4 per cent of eligible population had been fully vaccinated Only three states Nasarawa Jigawa and Kano have a vaccination coverage of over 50 per cent leaving 34 states performing sub optimally in vaccination coverage he said The minister added that there was need for the team to refine the current SCALES 2 0 strategy to accelerate COVID 19 vaccination He advised them to identify enablers that were unique to each state and deploy them as state specific strategies to be termed SCALES 3 0 The strategy will be anchored on an intensive three months campaign he said Ehanire said that the strategy was poised to curb the spread of the COVID 19 virus and gain the desired herd immunity as quickly as possible While we are glad that Nigeria is ranked among the high performing countries in terms of COVID 19 vaccine roll out we cannot but acknowledge the fact that we still have a lot of work to do Taking the COVID 19 vaccine is not just an act of self protection but also a civic duty to curtail the spread of the virus Every one of us has a critical role to play in the effort to stop the virus from spreading I therefore urge you to get vaccinated and ensure every eligible person around you is vaccinated he urged Meanwhile the Executive Director NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib said all of the COVID 19 vaccines administered in the country were safe Shuaib said that 25 million eligible Nigerians had received their full doses and 40 million had received at least a single dose According to him that is enough evidence of the safety of the vaccine Shuaib urged Nigerians to get vaccinated against COVID 19 saying it is the best way to avoid severe infection and the risk of spreading to others NAN recalls that more than 12 4 billion COVID 19 vaccine doses had been administered worldwide a gain of 100 million with the world s population of 7 9 billion according to Bloomberg tracking China leads with 3 4 billion doses administered and a 92 4 per cent one shot vaccination rate among the 1 5 billion population the most in the world India is second with 2 billion among the 1 4 billion population and a 74 1 per cent Broken down by world regions Asia Pacific Latin American and U S Canada have administered at least one dose to 80 per cent of the population Europe is at 69 per cent Middle East at 57 per cent and Africa at 26 per cent according to the New York Times tracking NAN reports that as at Monday Nigeria s total confirmed infections were 261 885 255 481 discharged and 3 147 deaths NewsSourceCredit NAN
    COVID-19: FG guided by safety, transparency in mass vaccination — Minister
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    COVID-19: FG guided by safety, transparency in mass vaccination — Minister

    The Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), has says it is guided by principles of safety, efficacy, transparency and accountability in the COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign in the country.

    The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, gave the assurance on Monday in Abuja.

    Ehanire spoke at the launch of the SCALES 3.0 strategy for COVID-19 vaccination in the country organised by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

    The News Agency of Nigeria , reports  that in November 2021, NPHCDA, introduced the SCALES strategy to rapidly increase COVID-19 vaccine coverage.

    It was designed to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines outside the health facility.

    The SCALES is an acronym for Service-delivery, Communication, Accountability, Logistics, Electronic reporting, and supportive Supervision for the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination.

    Mass vaccination sites were established at all public places such as markets, parks, shopping malls, schools, mosques, and churches.

    Although the government said that the strategy has proven to be effective in shoring up COVID-19 vaccination coverage, the proportion of fully vaccinated Nigerians is still low.

    This is partly because the country is using two-dose vaccines.

    Most Nigerians are reluctant to take their second dose for various reasons including fear of a repeat of the mild side effects they may have experienced with the first dose.

    The SCALES strategy is using COVID-19 vaccination structures and resources to improve Routine Immunization (RI) coverage, with improved efficiency and reduced duplication of efforts by health care workers.

    This is to ensure that controlling the transmission of COVID-19 does not become a fertile ground for the outbreak of childhood vaccine-preventable diseases.

    It became imperative for the government to launch the SCALES 2.0 Strategy.

    It entails the integration of COVID-19 vaccination with childhood routine Immunisation for eligible adults and children, leveraging mass vaccination campaigns, routine immunisation fixed sessions, outreach services and Mobile services.

    The SCALES 2.0 was aimed at providing an opportunity for the single dose COVID-19 vaccine to be rolled out in the states.

    The SCALES 3.0 strategy is an intensive campaign focused on ramping up uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, childhood vaccines and other primary health care services at public and private health facilities.

    According to Ehanire, no vaccine will be allowed to enter any vaccination site without due authentication and safety verification.

    He said that the government would never compromise on vaccine safety and vaccination standards.

    “Let me assure all Nigerians that the Federal Government remains committed to the provision of safe and efficacious COVID-19 vaccines in the country backed with accountability and transparency.

    “Every COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria is tracked by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), to ensure quality and potency across the supply chain,” he said.

    The minister said that the campaign can only succeed if there was mass mobilisation of Nigerians.

    “We are therefore calling on state governors, local governments chairmen, traditional and religious leaders, the media, and every Nigerian to lend their support in mobilising the unvaccinated eligible individuals.

    “They should register and get vaccinated or walk into the nearest vaccination centres and get vaccinated.

    “However, total performance still falls short of our desire, because as of Wednesday, only 24.4 per cent of eligible population had been fully vaccinated.

    “Only three states: Nasarawa, Jigawa and Kano have a vaccination coverage of over 50 per cent, leaving 34 states performing sub-optimally in vaccination coverage,” he said.

    The minister added that there was need for the team to refine the current SCALES 2.0 strategy to accelerate COVID-19 vaccination.

    He advised them to identify enablers that were unique to each state and deploy them as state-specific strategies to be termed, “SCALES 3.0. “The strategy will be anchored on an intensive three months campaign,” he said.

    Ehanire said that the strategy was poised to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus and gain the desired herd immunity as quickly as possible.

    “While we are glad that Nigeria is ranked among the high-performing countries in terms of COVID-19 vaccine roll out, we cannot but acknowledge the fact that we still have a lot of work to do.

    “Taking the COVID-19 vaccine is not just an act of self-protection, but also a civic duty to curtail the spread of the virus.

    “Every one of us has a critical role to play in the effort to stop the virus from spreading.

    “I, therefore, urge you to get vaccinated and ensure every eligible person around you is vaccinated,” he urged.

    Meanwhile, the Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, said all of the COVID-19 vaccines administered in the country were safe.

    Shuaib said that 25 million eligible  Nigerians had received their full doses and 40 million had received at least a single dose.

    According to him, ”that is enough evidence of the safety of the vaccine.

    ” Shuaib urged Nigerians to get vaccinated against COVID-19,  saying, ”it is the best way to avoid severe infection and the risk of spreading to others.

    ” NAN recalls that more than 12.4 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered worldwide, a gain of 100 million, with the world’s population of 7.9 billion, according to Bloomberg tracking.

    China leads with 3.4 billion doses administered and a 92.4 per cent one-shot vaccination rate among the 1.5 billion population, the most in the world.

    India is second with 2 billion among the 1.4 billion population and a 74.1 per cent.

    Broken down by world regions, Asia-Pacific, Latin American and U.

    S.-Canada have administered at least one dose to 80 per cent of the population.

    Europe is at 69 per cent, Middle East at 57 per cent and Africa at 26 per cent, according to the New York Times tracking.

    NAN reports that as at Monday, Nigeria’s total confirmed infections were 261,885, 255,481 discharged and 3,147 deaths.

    .


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Chairman Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria ACPN Dr Adewale Oladigbolu has urged the Federal Government to include pharmacists in all healthcare activities in the country Oladigbolu made the call at the opening of the 41st Annual National Scientific Conference of ACPN on Tuesday in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the conference is Never Waste A Crisis Community Pharmacists Learning For Future Preparedness He said the pharmacists could be included as primary healthcare providers in the National Health Insurance Scheme and by signing the new Pharmacy Bill This will go a long way to engender healthier nation Community Pharmacists in Nigeria are equipped with great skills and are doing a lot in their space And we are ready to work to make Nigeria a more beautiful nation he said He explained that COVID 19 vaccination in Community Pharmacies had been approved via a Memorandum of Partnership MOP with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency NPHCDA According to him the association now have a National Working Committee in place to see to the closure of routine immunisation gaps by securing approval for community pharmacists as providers The President Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria PSN Prof Cyril Usifoh said that the conference provided opportunities for stock taking and strategic planning for the future preparedness Usifoh said preparedness entailed that community pharmacists and other pharmacists in other practice areas acquired appropriate skills and expertise to be able to offer care services that would save lives in future According to International Pharmaceutical Federation FIP COVID 19 pandemic really exposed gaps in our public healthcare delivery systems globally Pharmacy has been one of the essential resources deployed to address most of the noted gaps in the fight against the pandemic What needed to be examined critically is whether health systems especially in Nigeria is making the most use of what pharmacists can offer The Executive Director NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaibu urged the pharmacists to live up to the mandates given to them by their integration into the primary healthcare delivery system in Nigeria Shuaibu also a keynote speaker at the event said the conference availed pharmacists and participants the opportunity not only to deliberate and exchange views but to learn He added that the conference provided participants the opportunity to learn unlearn and relearn to equip themselves with contemporary mechanisms in the management of health crisis and surviving through it This is not only a retrospective call to community pharmacists but also an introspective call to Nigeria Healthcare stakeholders and policymakers to rethink and rejig the Nigeria healthcare system in readiness for future health crisis Unfortunately the recent global pandemic has amplified our voices and made the hesitancy in some quarters a mist that will fade with time he said The conference featured exhibition for pharmacists and pharmaceutical companies to display their services and products NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Association urges FG to include pharmacists in all society health activities
     The National Chairman Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria ACPN Dr Adewale Oladigbolu has urged the Federal Government to include pharmacists in all healthcare activities in the country Oladigbolu made the call at the opening of the 41st Annual National Scientific Conference of ACPN on Tuesday in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the conference is Never Waste A Crisis Community Pharmacists Learning For Future Preparedness He said the pharmacists could be included as primary healthcare providers in the National Health Insurance Scheme and by signing the new Pharmacy Bill This will go a long way to engender healthier nation Community Pharmacists in Nigeria are equipped with great skills and are doing a lot in their space And we are ready to work to make Nigeria a more beautiful nation he said He explained that COVID 19 vaccination in Community Pharmacies had been approved via a Memorandum of Partnership MOP with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency NPHCDA According to him the association now have a National Working Committee in place to see to the closure of routine immunisation gaps by securing approval for community pharmacists as providers The President Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria PSN Prof Cyril Usifoh said that the conference provided opportunities for stock taking and strategic planning for the future preparedness Usifoh said preparedness entailed that community pharmacists and other pharmacists in other practice areas acquired appropriate skills and expertise to be able to offer care services that would save lives in future According to International Pharmaceutical Federation FIP COVID 19 pandemic really exposed gaps in our public healthcare delivery systems globally Pharmacy has been one of the essential resources deployed to address most of the noted gaps in the fight against the pandemic What needed to be examined critically is whether health systems especially in Nigeria is making the most use of what pharmacists can offer The Executive Director NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaibu urged the pharmacists to live up to the mandates given to them by their integration into the primary healthcare delivery system in Nigeria Shuaibu also a keynote speaker at the event said the conference availed pharmacists and participants the opportunity not only to deliberate and exchange views but to learn He added that the conference provided participants the opportunity to learn unlearn and relearn to equip themselves with contemporary mechanisms in the management of health crisis and surviving through it This is not only a retrospective call to community pharmacists but also an introspective call to Nigeria Healthcare stakeholders and policymakers to rethink and rejig the Nigeria healthcare system in readiness for future health crisis Unfortunately the recent global pandemic has amplified our voices and made the hesitancy in some quarters a mist that will fade with time he said The conference featured exhibition for pharmacists and pharmaceutical companies to display their services and products NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Association urges FG to include pharmacists in all society health activities
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    Association urges FG to include pharmacists in all society health activities

    The National Chairman, Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr Adewale Oladigbolu has urged the Federal Government to include  pharmacists in all  healthcare activities in the country.

    Oladigbolu made the call at the opening of the 41st Annual National Scientific Conference of ACPN on Tuesday in Lagos.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the conference is: ‘Never Waste A Crisis: Community Pharmacists,  Learning For Future Preparedness’.

    He said the pharmacists could be included as primary healthcare providers in the National Health Insurance Scheme and by signing the new Pharmacy Bill. “This will go a long way to engender healthier nation.

    Community Pharmacists in Nigeria are equipped with great skills and are doing a lot  in their space.

    “And we are ready to work to make Nigeria a more beautiful nation,” he said.

    He explained that COVID-19 vaccination in Community Pharmacies had been approved via a Memorandum of Partnership (MOP) with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA).

    According to him, the association now have a National Working Committee in place to see to the closure of routine immunisation gaps, by securing approval for community pharmacists as providers.

    The President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Prof. Cyril Usifoh, said that the conference provided opportunities for stock taking and strategic planning for the future preparedness.

    Usifoh said  preparedness entailed  that community pharmacists and other pharmacists in other practice areas,  acquired appropriate skills and expertise to be able to offer care services that would save lives in future.

    “According to International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), COVID-19 pandemic really exposed gaps in our public healthcare delivery systems globally.

    “Pharmacy has been one of the essential resources deployed to address most of the noted gaps in the fight against the pandemic.

    “What needed to be examined critically is whether health systems especially in Nigeria is making the most use of what pharmacists can offer.” The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaibu, urged the pharmacists to live up to the mandates given to them by their integration into the primary healthcare delivery system in Nigeria.

    Shuaibu, also a keynote speaker at the event, said  the conference availed pharmacists and participants the opportunity not only to deliberate and exchange views, but to learn.

    He added that the conference provided participants the opportunity to learn, unlearn and relearn to equip themselves with contemporary mechanisms in the management of health crisis and surviving through it.

    “This is not only a retrospective call to community pharmacists, but also an introspective call to Nigeria Healthcare stakeholders and policymakers, to rethink and rejig the Nigeria healthcare system in readiness for future health crisis.

    “Unfortunately, the recent global pandemic has amplified our voices and made the hesitancy in some quarters a mist that will fade with time,” he said.

    The conference featured exhibition for pharmacists and pharmaceutical companies to display their services and products.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities CCD has advised the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency NPHCDA to build the capacity of health workers in Nigeria to enhance compliance with the Disability Act Mrs Peace Ezekiel CCD Programme Officer said this at the closing of a training for 182 workers of NPHCDA in Abuja on sections provisions and penalties of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities Prohibition Act 2018 Ezekiel said that since the NPHCDA played pivotal role in the health sector its contributions toward enhancing healthcare for Persons with Disabilities PWDs could not be over emphasised She also appealed to NPHCDA to set an example for other healthcare agencies by putting in place PWDs friendly assistive devices to aid their access to its head office in Abuja Speaking Mr David Anyaele the Executive Director CCD said that the training was to build the capacities of relevant health stakeholders on the contents of the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities Act Anyaele represented by Mr Humphrey Ukeaja CCD Lead Researcher said that the major challenge of health policy actors remained lack of awareness on the law and its provisions Based on the findings from our 2021 assessment of access to COVID 19 vaccines for PWDs We discovered the challenges faced by social and health policy makers includes but not limited to lack of sufficient knowledge and scanty data of Persons with Disabilities PWDs Also poor knowledge on the rights needs and other issues of critical concerns to PWDs especially with regards to the national disability act We can attribute this to poor engagement by government Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs responsible for creating awareness and sensitising the public on the national disability law and its provisions he said Anyaele added We believe this training and capacity building will help to support planning It will also guide health service providers on their roles in providing and implementing proper health polices with reference to the law and for benefits of PWDs Dr Faisal Shuaib the Executive Director NPHCDA applauded the initiative of the group to train and build capacity of NPHCDA staff on the provisions of the disability act in relation to health services providers Shuaib represented by Mrs Nneka Onwu a Deputy Director at the agency said that the NPHCDA was ready to collaborate with stakeholders toward enhancing compliance to the law He promised to cascade the knowledge gained at the training to its member of staff nationwide Mr Nzemadu Aloysius also aDeputy Director at the agency urged CCD and other disability organisations not to relent in creating awareness and sensitising state actors and non state actors on the act NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CCD tasks NPHCDA on Disability Act
     The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities CCD has advised the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency NPHCDA to build the capacity of health workers in Nigeria to enhance compliance with the Disability Act Mrs Peace Ezekiel CCD Programme Officer said this at the closing of a training for 182 workers of NPHCDA in Abuja on sections provisions and penalties of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities Prohibition Act 2018 Ezekiel said that since the NPHCDA played pivotal role in the health sector its contributions toward enhancing healthcare for Persons with Disabilities PWDs could not be over emphasised She also appealed to NPHCDA to set an example for other healthcare agencies by putting in place PWDs friendly assistive devices to aid their access to its head office in Abuja Speaking Mr David Anyaele the Executive Director CCD said that the training was to build the capacities of relevant health stakeholders on the contents of the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities Act Anyaele represented by Mr Humphrey Ukeaja CCD Lead Researcher said that the major challenge of health policy actors remained lack of awareness on the law and its provisions Based on the findings from our 2021 assessment of access to COVID 19 vaccines for PWDs We discovered the challenges faced by social and health policy makers includes but not limited to lack of sufficient knowledge and scanty data of Persons with Disabilities PWDs Also poor knowledge on the rights needs and other issues of critical concerns to PWDs especially with regards to the national disability act We can attribute this to poor engagement by government Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs responsible for creating awareness and sensitising the public on the national disability law and its provisions he said Anyaele added We believe this training and capacity building will help to support planning It will also guide health service providers on their roles in providing and implementing proper health polices with reference to the law and for benefits of PWDs Dr Faisal Shuaib the Executive Director NPHCDA applauded the initiative of the group to train and build capacity of NPHCDA staff on the provisions of the disability act in relation to health services providers Shuaib represented by Mrs Nneka Onwu a Deputy Director at the agency said that the NPHCDA was ready to collaborate with stakeholders toward enhancing compliance to the law He promised to cascade the knowledge gained at the training to its member of staff nationwide Mr Nzemadu Aloysius also aDeputy Director at the agency urged CCD and other disability organisations not to relent in creating awareness and sensitising state actors and non state actors on the act NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CCD tasks NPHCDA on Disability Act
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    CCD tasks NPHCDA on Disability Act

    The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has advised the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA)to build the capacity of health workers in Nigeria to enhance compliance with the Disability Act.

    Mrs Peace Ezekiel, CCD Programme Officer, said this at the closing of a training for 182 workers of NPHCDA in Abuja on sections, provisions and penalties of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities Prohibition Act, 2018.

    Ezekiel said that since the NPHCDA played pivotal role in the health sector, its contributions toward enhancing healthcare for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) could not be over-emphasised.

    She also appealed to NPHCDA to set an example for other healthcare agencies by putting in place PWDs friendly assistive devices to aid their access to its head office in Abuja.

    Speaking, Mr David Anyaele, the Executive Director, CCD said that the training was to build the capacities of relevant health stakeholders on the contents of the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities Act.

    Anyaele, represented by Mr Humphrey Ukeaja, CCD Lead Researcher, said that the major challenge of health policy actors remained lack of awareness on the law and its provisions.

    “Based on the findings from our 2021 assessment of access to COVID-19 vaccines for PWDs. “We discovered the challenges faced by social and health policy makers includes but not limited to lack of sufficient knowledge and scanty data of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

    “Also poor knowledge on the rights, needs and other issues of critical concerns to PWDs especially with regards to the national disability act.

    “We can attribute this to poor engagement by government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) responsible for creating awareness and sensitising the public on the national disability law and its provisions,” he said.

    Anyaele added:“We believe this training and capacity building will help to support planning.

    “It will also guide health service providers on their roles in providing and implementing proper health polices with reference to the law and for benefits of PWDs.” Dr Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director, NPHCDA, applauded the initiative of the group to train and build capacity of NPHCDA staff on the provisions of the disability act in relation to health services providers.

    Shuaib, represented by Mrs Nneka Onwu, a Deputy Director at the agency, said that the NPHCDA was ready to collaborate with stakeholders toward enhancing compliance to the law.

    He promised to cascade the knowledge gained at the training to its member of staff nationwide.

    Mr Nzemadu Aloysius, also aDeputy Director at the agency, urged CCD and other disability organisations not to relent in creating awareness and sensitising state actors and non-state actors on the act.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Enugu State Government has targeted some one million children for free drugs medical consumable and other routine services in its going Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week The programme which is the first round of the programme in the year is also designed to reach out to 280 000 pregnant women when they attend anta natal programmes in health facilities scattered within the state Inaugurating the programme in Enugu on Wednesday Wife of Enugu State Governor Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi urged pregnant women to take attendance to anta natal seriously She also enjoined them to ensure they carried out necessary tests to understand their conditions better Ugwuanyi noted that the tests would afford pregnant women the chance to easily detect when pregnancy complications were looming She said it would also enable them to deal with them on time and take useful counsel from a physician on their health condition According to her I want mothers to take all they learnt here seriously and spread the message of the week and lots of its benefits to mothers in all neighbourhoods and localities even to rural communities Our mothers especially pregnant women should feed well Eat healthy foods for the sake of the baby and avoid all forms of processed foods Please start attending your anta natal and doing your tests on time to understand your body and heed to all advice given to you by the doctor concerning your health and that of your unborn child she said The wife of the governor also stressed on gender and sexual based violence and checking the use of drugs and substance abuse among children within the home Ugwuanyi said There is a lot of violation of minors and children ongoing among us As mothers we should be watchful and careful on who comes in contact with our children even the infants at home In my office I receive cases of rape of infants even done by close family members and those supposed to protect the child As mothers nature has endowed us with the power and wisdom to protect our children Dr George Ugwu Executive Secretary Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency ENS PHCDA said that the programme was being carried out twice yearly under the guidance of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA Ugwu said that it was being carried out in conjunction with the state s development partners WHO UNICEF and the state governor s wife foundation Ugo Touch of Life Foundation U TOLF among others He said that in the programme essential health services and commodities would be distributed free in all communities villages and hamlets using the over 676 health facilities and outposts where routine immunisations take place He said We have trained 2 200 health workers to deliver the services for the programme During the programme women and children will be given health education pre natal vitamin A other multivitamins routine immunisation family planning commodities and COVID 19 vaccination among others We are very happy that this year s first round of the programme is commencing early in the year and as an Agency we are prepared to offer this service in an optimised and integrated manner The Executive Secretary expressed gratitude to caring and health loving governor Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for always providing us with all the enablement and necessary support ENS PHCDA appreciates the wife of our governor Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi for her care love guidance and support as well as U TOLF s continuous support loads of free drugs multivitamins and health consumables each time we have this programme In a goodwill message the Chairman Enugu Assembly Committee on Health Chief Sam Ngene commended Gov Ugwuanyi administration s stride on health He gave the assurance that the house would continue to make laws to better healthcare delivery in the state The state s Commissioner for Health Prof Ikechukwu Obi represented by the ministry s Permanent Secretary Dr Ifeanyi Agujiobi thanked the governor U TOLF foundation WHO UNICEF NPHCDA and others for their support that had kept the state s health sector running smoothly The Chairman of Enugu State Traditional Rulers Council Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu assured that the traditional rulers would use town criers and other local communication means to mobilise women in all localities to participate actively in the programme Dr Nwakego Ibekwe who represented UNICEF said that UNICEF is part and parcel of the health success story of the state and would continue to give its support especially on health issues that affect women and children We call on pregnant women mothers and caregivers to use the programme to get free drugs medical consumables and services free in health care centres as well as spread the good news of the programme to their neighbours for them to benefit I encourage mothers with infants or children of vaccination age to use this programme to ensure that their infants get a full dose of each vaccination in order to guarantee the infant s total protection against diseases UNICEF is commending the state government and ENS PHCDA for being consistent with their health programmes and services as well as putting rural women and children as their priority target in healthcare delivery Ibekwe added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Maternal, child health: Enugu targets 1m children, 280,000 pregnant women
     The Enugu State Government has targeted some one million children for free drugs medical consumable and other routine services in its going Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week The programme which is the first round of the programme in the year is also designed to reach out to 280 000 pregnant women when they attend anta natal programmes in health facilities scattered within the state Inaugurating the programme in Enugu on Wednesday Wife of Enugu State Governor Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi urged pregnant women to take attendance to anta natal seriously She also enjoined them to ensure they carried out necessary tests to understand their conditions better Ugwuanyi noted that the tests would afford pregnant women the chance to easily detect when pregnancy complications were looming She said it would also enable them to deal with them on time and take useful counsel from a physician on their health condition According to her I want mothers to take all they learnt here seriously and spread the message of the week and lots of its benefits to mothers in all neighbourhoods and localities even to rural communities Our mothers especially pregnant women should feed well Eat healthy foods for the sake of the baby and avoid all forms of processed foods Please start attending your anta natal and doing your tests on time to understand your body and heed to all advice given to you by the doctor concerning your health and that of your unborn child she said The wife of the governor also stressed on gender and sexual based violence and checking the use of drugs and substance abuse among children within the home Ugwuanyi said There is a lot of violation of minors and children ongoing among us As mothers we should be watchful and careful on who comes in contact with our children even the infants at home In my office I receive cases of rape of infants even done by close family members and those supposed to protect the child As mothers nature has endowed us with the power and wisdom to protect our children Dr George Ugwu Executive Secretary Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency ENS PHCDA said that the programme was being carried out twice yearly under the guidance of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA Ugwu said that it was being carried out in conjunction with the state s development partners WHO UNICEF and the state governor s wife foundation Ugo Touch of Life Foundation U TOLF among others He said that in the programme essential health services and commodities would be distributed free in all communities villages and hamlets using the over 676 health facilities and outposts where routine immunisations take place He said We have trained 2 200 health workers to deliver the services for the programme During the programme women and children will be given health education pre natal vitamin A other multivitamins routine immunisation family planning commodities and COVID 19 vaccination among others We are very happy that this year s first round of the programme is commencing early in the year and as an Agency we are prepared to offer this service in an optimised and integrated manner The Executive Secretary expressed gratitude to caring and health loving governor Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for always providing us with all the enablement and necessary support ENS PHCDA appreciates the wife of our governor Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi for her care love guidance and support as well as U TOLF s continuous support loads of free drugs multivitamins and health consumables each time we have this programme In a goodwill message the Chairman Enugu Assembly Committee on Health Chief Sam Ngene commended Gov Ugwuanyi administration s stride on health He gave the assurance that the house would continue to make laws to better healthcare delivery in the state The state s Commissioner for Health Prof Ikechukwu Obi represented by the ministry s Permanent Secretary Dr Ifeanyi Agujiobi thanked the governor U TOLF foundation WHO UNICEF NPHCDA and others for their support that had kept the state s health sector running smoothly The Chairman of Enugu State Traditional Rulers Council Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu assured that the traditional rulers would use town criers and other local communication means to mobilise women in all localities to participate actively in the programme Dr Nwakego Ibekwe who represented UNICEF said that UNICEF is part and parcel of the health success story of the state and would continue to give its support especially on health issues that affect women and children We call on pregnant women mothers and caregivers to use the programme to get free drugs medical consumables and services free in health care centres as well as spread the good news of the programme to their neighbours for them to benefit I encourage mothers with infants or children of vaccination age to use this programme to ensure that their infants get a full dose of each vaccination in order to guarantee the infant s total protection against diseases UNICEF is commending the state government and ENS PHCDA for being consistent with their health programmes and services as well as putting rural women and children as their priority target in healthcare delivery Ibekwe added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Maternal, child health: Enugu targets 1m children, 280,000 pregnant women
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    Maternal, child health: Enugu targets 1m children, 280,000 pregnant women

    The Enugu State Government has targeted some one million children for free drugs, medical consumable and other routine services in its going Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Week.The programme, which is the first round of the programme in the year, is also designed to reach out to 280,000 pregnant women when they attend anta-natal programmes in health facilities scattered within the state.Inaugurating the programme in Enugu on Wednesday, Wife of Enugu State Governor, Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi, urged pregnant women to take attendance to anta-natal seriously.She also enjoined them to ensure they carried out necessary tests to understand their conditions better.Ugwuanyi noted that the tests would afford pregnant women the chance to easily detect when pregnancy complications were looming.She said it would also enable them to deal with them on time and take useful counsel from a physician on their health condition.According to her, I want mothers to take all they learnt here seriously and spread the message of the week and lots of its benefits to mothers in all neighbourhoods and localities even to rural communities.“Our mothers, especially pregnant women, should feed well.Eat healthy foods for the sake of the baby and avoid all forms of processed foods.“Please, start attending your anta-natal and doing your tests on time to understand your body and heed to all advice given to you by the doctor concerning your health and that of your unborn child,” she said.The wife of the governor also stressed on gender and sexual based violence and checking the use of drugs and substance abuse among children within the home.Ugwuanyi said: “There is a lot of violation of minors and children ongoing among us.As mothers, we should be watchful and careful on who comes in contact with our children, even the infants at home.“In my office, I receive cases of rape of infants even done by close family members and those supposed to protect the child.As mothers, nature has endowed us with the power and wisdom to protect our children.” Dr George Ugwu, Executive Secretary, Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA), said that the programme was being carried out twice yearly under the guidance of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).Ugwu said that it was being carried out in conjunction with the state’s development partners – WHO, UNICEF and the state governor’s wife foundation, Ugo Touch of Life Foundation (U-TOLF) – among others.He said that in the programme, essential health services and commodities would be distributed free in all communities, villages and hamlets using the over 676 health facilities and outposts where routine immunisations take place.He said: “We have trained 2,200 health workers to deliver the services for the programme.“During the programme, women and children will be given health education, pre-natal vitamin A, other multivitamins, routine immunisation, family planning commodities and COVID-19 vaccination among others.“We are very happy that this year’s first round of the programme is commencing early in the year and, as an Agency, we are prepared to offer this service in an optimised and integrated manner.” The Executive Secretary expressed gratitude “to caring and health loving governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for always providing us with all the enablement and necessary support.“ENS-PHCDA appreciates the wife of our governor,  Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi, for her care, love, guidance and support as well as U-TOLF’s continuous support loads of free drugs, multivitamins and health consumables each time we have this programme.” In a goodwill message, the Chairman, Enugu Assembly Committee on Health, Chief Sam Ngene, commended Gov.Ugwuanyi administration’s stride on health.He gave the assurance that the house would continue to make laws to better healthcare delivery in the state.The state’s Commissioner for Health, Prof.Ikechukwu Obi, represented by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Ifeanyi Agujiobi, thanked the governor, U-TOLF foundation, WHO, UNICEF, NPHCDA and others for their support that had kept the state’s health sector running smoothly.The Chairman of Enugu State Traditional Rulers’ Council, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, assured that the traditional rulers would use town criers and other local communication means to mobilise women in all localities to participate actively in the programme.Dr Nwakego Ibekwe, who represented UNICEF, said that UNICEF is part and parcel of the health success story of the state and would continue to give its support especially on health issues that affect women and children.“We call on pregnant women, mothers and caregivers to use the programme to get free drugs, medical consumables and services free in health care centres as well as spread the good news of the programme to their neighbours for them to benefit.“I encourage mothers with infants or children of vaccination age to use this programme to ensure that their infants get a full dose of each vaccination in order to guarantee the infant’s total protection against diseases.“UNICEF is commending the state government and ENS-PHCDA for being consistent with their health programmes and services as well as putting rural women and children as their priority target in healthcare delivery,” Ibekwe added.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Imperative of mobilising traditional religious leaders to boost COVID 19 vaccination Imperative of mobilising traditional religious leaders to boost COVID 19 vaccination By Folasade Akpan News Agency of Nigeria Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus Director General World Health Organisation WHO at the 2022 World Health Assembly held recently in Geneva Switzerland warned that COVID 19 was not yet over in spite significantly drop of cases At that meeting of health from 194 countries he said that deaths were rising in Africa while the continent has the lowest vaccination coverage According to him 60 per cent of the world s population have already vaccinated adding that one billion people in lower income countries remained unvaccinated The WHO s goal is to have 70 per cent of each country s population vaccinated Regrettably Nigeria seems to still be lagging behind the projection The National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA recently gave statistics of vaccination coverage in the country NPHCDA data showed that as at June 19 in the 36 states and the FCT about 28 427 564 of eligible persons targeted for COVID 19 vaccination were partially vaccinated while 21 236 404 of eligible persons were fully vaccinated The proportion vaccinated was 25 4 per cent of the total eligible persons targeted in the country The agency added that striving to vaccinate 70 per cent of eligible population of every country remains essential to bringing the pandemic under control NPHCDA says that Nigeria is working hard to ensure that its citizens have access to the life saving vaccines Some of the measures to meet the projection is involvement of traditional and religious leaders in sensitisation education and bringing awareness about the disease and importance of vaccination An assessment tour of selected local government areas of Sokoto State organised by the United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF showed that traditional rulers had key roles to play in mobilising the people to embrace vaccination against COVID 19 and other diseases At the palace of Sarkin Yaki Gagi district head of Gagi in Sokoto South Local Government Area people of the area gave testimonies how they were convinced by the district head Alhaji Sani Umar Jabbi to embrace vaccination Speaking through Yusuf Ladan an interpreter on the various interventions that were carried out to ensure the people were vaccinated they said the Sarkin took it upon himself to ensure that the people got enough information about the myths surrounding vaccination Seventy year old Malam Mode Lambo who spoke said that before the arrival of the vaccines the district head informed them of the dangers of the disease So when I saw the district head take the vaccine I had confidence to take it also For 50 year old Abbass Hassan he did not even believe that the virus existed and thought it was a ploy to reduce the rate of child birth He however said that as a result of the awareness and after witnessing the district head took the vaccine gave him the confidence adding that he and his family were now fully vaccinated I am happy I took the vaccine because I would not have been able to travel to the United Arab Emirates UAE as there were travel restrictions on people who did not take the vaccine However with it I was able to travel with ease because some people who did not take the vaccine were prevented from traveling On the part of 59 year old Hajia Hauwa Yakin she said that she heard rumours that the vaccine could kill but upon being mobilised she took it I also took it because I was told that I would not be able to go for hajj if I did not take it so I had to take it However I had fever for a day after taking the vaccine she added As for 45 year Sambo Umar the decision to take the vaccine was as a result of awareness which helped him to know the dangers of the disease and the importance of vaccination Due to the awareness I have on health now if the government comes up with other health interventions I will subscribe to them because I am now informed and know that the government will not bring things that will harm us Forty nine year old Alhaji Sani Umar Jabbi who has been district head for 17 years has three wards namely Gagi A B and C under his jurisdiction There are also village and ward heads with 40 community heads and four village heads coordinating various wards Umar Jabbi said that as a district head his main concern is to ensure that he supports all government interventions and programmes in health education environmental conservation climate change impact and mitigations and others According to him it is part of his responsibilities as a district head to mobilise the communities under him to support and successfully implement government programmes and policies He said that for healthcare provision any programme that is to be implemented in the community has to go through the gatekeepers and there were no better gatekeepers than the traditional rulers For COVID 19 he said there were many misrepresentations and myths which scared the people at the beginning When I heard about the controversies surrounding the vaccine I was afraid to take it but being close to development partners I was encouraged to take it and when I made up my mind to take it I was immunised with about 100 people supporting me For the second dose I invited many of my community members and about 116 people were immunised alongside me Umar Jabbi said that before he took the booster dose he launched a campaign which paved way for more women and traditional leaders participation adding that they converged on his palace and took the vaccine there All the traditional rulers and the people said that because the district head was vaccinated they too would be vaccinated So in my community it is very difficult to see anyone reject it they accepted it whole heartedly and we do not have vaccine controversy Also because I was vaccinated and no one saw any danger happen to me they gladly took it There were so many misrepresentations about the vaccine but they were all nullified and the reality is that the vaccine is safe and preventive and when they did a survey testing no one tested positive of the virus in this community On the means of mobilisiing members of the community he said they were through various outlets such as religious and social gatherings where facilitators sensitise the people on development programmes and other issues We deliver all of these messages during wedding fathias naming ceremonies and international observance days Also in Gidan Kaya Gwadabawa Local Government Area the people also attest to the fact that sensitisation awareness and proper education on the virus and the vaccination influenced them greatly Ladi Daure 48 said that when she first heard about the virus she did not pay much attention but when she learnt of its deadly nature she decided to take the vaccine When they told us about the vaccine we did not just go and take it they sat all of us down to educate us about the virus and told us the implication of not taking the vaccine This motivated us to take it so I took the two doses and I have my card as proof she said For 53 year old Buhari Mohammed who is a member of the immunisation committee for polio malaria cholera and even COVID 19 in his community it was not a new thing to him because he had been exposed to many healthcare interventions A letter was sent to us from the Ministry of Health to the Primary Health Care PHC centre head and we all held a meeting and mobilised our people and created awareness on the importance of the vaccine We really appreciate the help and support of development partners for always coming to Gidan Kaya to give our people vaccines he said The Executive Secretary Sokoto State Primary Health Care Development Agency SSPHCDA Mr Abdullahi Romo said that at the last count the state had attained 52 per cent COVID 19 vaccination Giving a breakdown he said that about 72 per cent of the total target population took the first dose while 68 per cent took the second dose For the booster dose Romo said that the state recorded about 52 per cent So we are happy that at least 52 per cent of the people that have taken the first dose are covered and of course people are still coming in gradually unlike before he said Romo said that in getting the people to get vaccinated religious and traditional leaders were engaged while Jumaat service also featured talks on community health He added that town announcers were also engaged during naming and wedding ceremonies to keep on enlightening people on not only COVID 19 but on other health interventions generally This facilitated people coming in to take the vaccine We realised that it was because we engaged traditional and religious leaders who head committees at various levels So it made it easier to make the information trickle down and cause people to take the vaccine that was why we decided to intensify the functions and responsibilities of these committees Romo however said that the challenges COVID 19 posed was the social stigma associated with it According to him people believed that the vaccine was aimed at reducing the rate of child birth and this made them to engage the chief imams to let them know that was not the case We told them it was not so because if it was the Sultan would not have accepted it and the governor too would not have taken it Romo stressed NANFeatures If used please credit the writer as well as the News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Imperative of mobilising traditional, religious leaders to boost COVID-19 vaccination
      Imperative of mobilising traditional religious leaders to boost COVID 19 vaccination Imperative of mobilising traditional religious leaders to boost COVID 19 vaccination By Folasade Akpan News Agency of Nigeria Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus Director General World Health Organisation WHO at the 2022 World Health Assembly held recently in Geneva Switzerland warned that COVID 19 was not yet over in spite significantly drop of cases At that meeting of health from 194 countries he said that deaths were rising in Africa while the continent has the lowest vaccination coverage According to him 60 per cent of the world s population have already vaccinated adding that one billion people in lower income countries remained unvaccinated The WHO s goal is to have 70 per cent of each country s population vaccinated Regrettably Nigeria seems to still be lagging behind the projection The National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA recently gave statistics of vaccination coverage in the country NPHCDA data showed that as at June 19 in the 36 states and the FCT about 28 427 564 of eligible persons targeted for COVID 19 vaccination were partially vaccinated while 21 236 404 of eligible persons were fully vaccinated The proportion vaccinated was 25 4 per cent of the total eligible persons targeted in the country The agency added that striving to vaccinate 70 per cent of eligible population of every country remains essential to bringing the pandemic under control NPHCDA says that Nigeria is working hard to ensure that its citizens have access to the life saving vaccines Some of the measures to meet the projection is involvement of traditional and religious leaders in sensitisation education and bringing awareness about the disease and importance of vaccination An assessment tour of selected local government areas of Sokoto State organised by the United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF showed that traditional rulers had key roles to play in mobilising the people to embrace vaccination against COVID 19 and other diseases At the palace of Sarkin Yaki Gagi district head of Gagi in Sokoto South Local Government Area people of the area gave testimonies how they were convinced by the district head Alhaji Sani Umar Jabbi to embrace vaccination Speaking through Yusuf Ladan an interpreter on the various interventions that were carried out to ensure the people were vaccinated they said the Sarkin took it upon himself to ensure that the people got enough information about the myths surrounding vaccination Seventy year old Malam Mode Lambo who spoke said that before the arrival of the vaccines the district head informed them of the dangers of the disease So when I saw the district head take the vaccine I had confidence to take it also For 50 year old Abbass Hassan he did not even believe that the virus existed and thought it was a ploy to reduce the rate of child birth He however said that as a result of the awareness and after witnessing the district head took the vaccine gave him the confidence adding that he and his family were now fully vaccinated I am happy I took the vaccine because I would not have been able to travel to the United Arab Emirates UAE as there were travel restrictions on people who did not take the vaccine However with it I was able to travel with ease because some people who did not take the vaccine were prevented from traveling On the part of 59 year old Hajia Hauwa Yakin she said that she heard rumours that the vaccine could kill but upon being mobilised she took it I also took it because I was told that I would not be able to go for hajj if I did not take it so I had to take it However I had fever for a day after taking the vaccine she added As for 45 year Sambo Umar the decision to take the vaccine was as a result of awareness which helped him to know the dangers of the disease and the importance of vaccination Due to the awareness I have on health now if the government comes up with other health interventions I will subscribe to them because I am now informed and know that the government will not bring things that will harm us Forty nine year old Alhaji Sani Umar Jabbi who has been district head for 17 years has three wards namely Gagi A B and C under his jurisdiction There are also village and ward heads with 40 community heads and four village heads coordinating various wards Umar Jabbi said that as a district head his main concern is to ensure that he supports all government interventions and programmes in health education environmental conservation climate change impact and mitigations and others According to him it is part of his responsibilities as a district head to mobilise the communities under him to support and successfully implement government programmes and policies He said that for healthcare provision any programme that is to be implemented in the community has to go through the gatekeepers and there were no better gatekeepers than the traditional rulers For COVID 19 he said there were many misrepresentations and myths which scared the people at the beginning When I heard about the controversies surrounding the vaccine I was afraid to take it but being close to development partners I was encouraged to take it and when I made up my mind to take it I was immunised with about 100 people supporting me For the second dose I invited many of my community members and about 116 people were immunised alongside me Umar Jabbi said that before he took the booster dose he launched a campaign which paved way for more women and traditional leaders participation adding that they converged on his palace and took the vaccine there All the traditional rulers and the people said that because the district head was vaccinated they too would be vaccinated So in my community it is very difficult to see anyone reject it they accepted it whole heartedly and we do not have vaccine controversy Also because I was vaccinated and no one saw any danger happen to me they gladly took it There were so many misrepresentations about the vaccine but they were all nullified and the reality is that the vaccine is safe and preventive and when they did a survey testing no one tested positive of the virus in this community On the means of mobilisiing members of the community he said they were through various outlets such as religious and social gatherings where facilitators sensitise the people on development programmes and other issues We deliver all of these messages during wedding fathias naming ceremonies and international observance days Also in Gidan Kaya Gwadabawa Local Government Area the people also attest to the fact that sensitisation awareness and proper education on the virus and the vaccination influenced them greatly Ladi Daure 48 said that when she first heard about the virus she did not pay much attention but when she learnt of its deadly nature she decided to take the vaccine When they told us about the vaccine we did not just go and take it they sat all of us down to educate us about the virus and told us the implication of not taking the vaccine This motivated us to take it so I took the two doses and I have my card as proof she said For 53 year old Buhari Mohammed who is a member of the immunisation committee for polio malaria cholera and even COVID 19 in his community it was not a new thing to him because he had been exposed to many healthcare interventions A letter was sent to us from the Ministry of Health to the Primary Health Care PHC centre head and we all held a meeting and mobilised our people and created awareness on the importance of the vaccine We really appreciate the help and support of development partners for always coming to Gidan Kaya to give our people vaccines he said The Executive Secretary Sokoto State Primary Health Care Development Agency SSPHCDA Mr Abdullahi Romo said that at the last count the state had attained 52 per cent COVID 19 vaccination Giving a breakdown he said that about 72 per cent of the total target population took the first dose while 68 per cent took the second dose For the booster dose Romo said that the state recorded about 52 per cent So we are happy that at least 52 per cent of the people that have taken the first dose are covered and of course people are still coming in gradually unlike before he said Romo said that in getting the people to get vaccinated religious and traditional leaders were engaged while Jumaat service also featured talks on community health He added that town announcers were also engaged during naming and wedding ceremonies to keep on enlightening people on not only COVID 19 but on other health interventions generally This facilitated people coming in to take the vaccine We realised that it was because we engaged traditional and religious leaders who head committees at various levels So it made it easier to make the information trickle down and cause people to take the vaccine that was why we decided to intensify the functions and responsibilities of these committees Romo however said that the challenges COVID 19 posed was the social stigma associated with it According to him people believed that the vaccine was aimed at reducing the rate of child birth and this made them to engage the chief imams to let them know that was not the case We told them it was not so because if it was the Sultan would not have accepted it and the governor too would not have taken it Romo stressed NANFeatures If used please credit the writer as well as the News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
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    Imperative of mobilising traditional, religious leaders to boost COVID-19 vaccination

    Imperative of mobilising traditional, religious leaders to boost COVID-19 vaccination Imperative of mobilising traditional, religious leaders to boost COVID-19 vaccination By Folasade Akpan, News Agency of Nigeria Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organisation (WHO), at the 2022 World Health Assembly, held recently in Geneva, Switzerland, warned that COVID-19 was not yet over in spite significantly drop of cases.

    At that meeting of health from 194 countries, he said that deaths were rising in Africa, while the continent has the lowest vaccination coverage.

    According to him, 60 per cent of the world’s population have already vaccinated, adding that one billion people in lower-income countries remained unvaccinated.

    The WHO’s goal is to have 70 per cent of each country’s population vaccinated.

    Regrettably, Nigeria seems to still be lagging behind the projection.

    The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), recently gave statistics of vaccination coverage in the country.

    NPHCDA data showed that as at June 19, in the 36 states and the FCT, about 28,427,564 of eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination, were partially vaccinated, while 21,236,404 of eligible persons were fully vaccinated.

    The proportion vaccinated was 25.4 per cent of the total eligible persons targeted in the country.

    The agency added that striving to vaccinate 70 per cent of eligible population of every country remains essential to bringing the pandemic under control.

    NPHCDA says that Nigeria is working hard to ensure that its citizens have access to the life-saving vaccines.

    Some of the measures to meet the projection is involvement of traditional and religious leaders in sensitisation, education and bringing awareness about the disease and importance of vaccination.

    An assessment tour of selected local government areas of Sokoto State, organised  by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) showed that traditional rulers had key roles to play in mobilising the people to embrace vaccination against COVID-19 and other diseases.

     At the palace of Sarkin Yaki Gagi (district head of Gagi) in Sokoto South Local Government Area, people of the area, gave testimonies how they were convinced by the district head, Alhaji Sani Umar-Jabbi to embrace vaccination.

    Speaking through Yusuf Ladan, an interpreter, on the various interventions that were carried out to ensure the people were vaccinated, they said the Sarkin took it upon himself to ensure that the people got enough information about the myths surrounding vaccination.

    Seventy-year-old Malam Mode Lambo, who spoke, said that before the arrival of the vaccines, the district head informed them of the dangers of the disease.

    “So when I saw the district head take the vaccine, I had confidence to take it also.’’ For 50-year-old Abbass Hassan, he did not even believe that the virus existed and thought it was a ploy to reduce the rate of child-birth.

    He, however, said that as a result of the awareness and after witnessing the district head took the vaccine, gave him the confidence, adding that he and his family were now fully vaccinated.

    “I am happy I took the vaccine because I would not have been able to travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as there were travel restrictions on people who did not take the vaccine.

    “However, with it, I was able to travel with ease because some people who did not take the vaccine were prevented from traveling.”     On the part of 59-year-old Hajia Hauwa Yakin, she said that she heard rumours that the vaccine could kill, but upon being mobilised, she took it.

    “I also took it because I was told that I would not be able to go for hajj if I did not take it, so I had to take it.

    However, I had fever for a day after taking the vaccine,” she added.

    As for 45-year-Sambo Umar, the decision to take the vaccine was as a result of awareness, which helped him to know the dangers of the disease and the importance of vaccination.

    “Due to the awareness I have on health now, if the government comes up with other health interventions, I will subscribe to them because I am now informed and know that the government will not bring things that will harm us.”   Forty nine-year-old Alhaji Sani Umar-Jabbi, who has been district head for 17 years, has three wards namely: Gagi A, B and C under his jurisdiction.

    There are also village and ward heads with 40 community heads and four village heads coordinating various wards.

    Umar-Jabbi said that as a district head, his main concern is to ensure that he supports all government interventions and programmes, in health, education, environmental conservation, climate change impact and mitigations and others.

    According to him, it is part of his responsibilities as a district head to mobilise the communities under him to support and successfully implement government programmes and policies.

    He said that for healthcare provision, any programme that is to be implemented in the community has to go through the gatekeepers and there were no better gatekeepers than the traditional rulers.

    For COVID-19, he said there were many misrepresentations and myths which scared the people at the beginning.

    “When I heard about the controversies surrounding the vaccine I was afraid to take it, but being close to development partners, I was encouraged to take it and when I made up my mind to take it, I was immunised with about 100 people supporting me.

    “For the second dose, I invited many of my community members and about 116 people were immunised alongside me.” Umar-Jabbi said that before he took the booster dose, he launched a campaign which paved way for more women and traditional leaders participation, adding that they converged on his palace and took the vaccine there.

    “All the traditional rulers and the people said that because the district head was vaccinated, they too would be vaccinated.

    “So in my community, it is very difficult to see anyone reject it, they accepted it whole-heartedly and we do not have vaccine controversy.

    “Also, because I was vaccinated and no one saw any danger happen to me, they gladly took it.

    “There were so many misrepresentations about the vaccine, but they were all nullified and the reality is that the vaccine is safe and preventive and when they did a survey testing, no one tested positive of the virus in this community.” On the means of mobilisiing members of the community, he said they were through various outlets such as religious and social gatherings, where facilitators sensitise the people on development programmes and other issues.

    “We deliver all of these messages during wedding fathias, naming ceremonies and international observance days.” Also in Gidan Kaya, Gwadabawa Local Government Area,the people also attest to the fact that sensitisation, awareness and proper education on the virus and the vaccination influenced them greatly.

    Ladi Daure, 48, said that when she first heard about the virus, she did not pay much attention, but when she learnt of its deadly nature, she decided to take the vaccine.

    “When they told us about the vaccine we did not just go and take it, they sat all of us down to educate us about the virus and told us the implication of not taking the vaccine.

    “This motivated us to take it, so I took the two doses and I have my card as proof,” she said.

    For 53-year-old Buhari Mohammed, who is a member of the immunisation committee for polio, malaria, cholera and even COVID-19 in his community, it was not a new thing to him because he had been exposed to many healthcare interventions.

    “A letter was sent to us from the Ministry of Health to the Primary Health Care (PHC) centre head and we all held a meeting and mobilised our people and created awareness on the importance of the vaccine.

    “We really appreciate the help and support of development partners for always coming to Gidan Kaya to give our people vaccines,” he said.

    The Executive Secretary, Sokoto State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SSPHCDA), Mr Abdullahi Romo, said that at the last count, the state had attained 52 per cent COVID-19 vaccination.

    Giving a breakdown, he said that about 72 per cent of the total target population took the first dose, while 68 per cent took the second dose.

    For the booster dose, Romo said that the state recorded about 52 per cent.

    “So we are happy that at least 52 per cent of the people that have taken the first dose are covered and of course people are still coming in gradually unlike before,’’ he said.

    Romo said that in getting the people to get vaccinated, religious and traditional leaders were engaged, while Jumaat service also featured talks on community health.

    He added that town announcers were also engaged during naming and wedding ceremonies to keep on enlightening people on not only COVID-19 but on other health interventions generally.

    “This facilitated people coming in to take the vaccine.

    We realised that it was because we engaged traditional and religious leaders who head committees at various levels.

    “So, it made it easier to make the information trickle down and cause people to take the vaccine that was why we decided to intensify the functions and responsibilities of these committees.” Romo, however, said that the challenges COVID-19 posed was the social stigma associated with it.

    According to him, people believed that the vaccine was aimed at reducing the rate of child-birth and this made them to engage the chief imams to let them know that was not the case.

    “We told them it was not so, because if it was, the Sultan would not have accepted it and the governor too would not have taken it,” Romo stressed.

    (NANFeatures) ** If used, please credit the writer as well as the News Agency of Nigeria .

     

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  No fewer than 200 members of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria ACPN will receive vaccination training at the association s 41st national conference scheduled for Lagos This was announced in a statement by the national president of ACPN Adewale Oladigbolu before the scientific conference scheduled to be held between July 25 and 29 Oladigbolu also stated that the conference will allow ACPN members to enrich themselves in learning and improving skills with a mix of opportunities to network with colleagues and have fun He said part of the conference agenda was the Mandatory Continuing Development Program MCDP stipulated by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria PCN for all Pharmacy Professionals in Nigeria According to him community pharmacists are the most accessible and skilled health care providers offering services across the protective preventive curative promotive and palliative spectrum of the health care delivery system He also stated that the annual national scientific conference was a unique opportunity for practitioners to deliberate on contemporary issues in pharmacy practice and healthcare in Nigeria It is noteworthy that other critical stakeholders in the healthcare industry often join us in policy discussions at this very important event The theme of this year s Conference is Never Waste the Crisis Community Pharmacists Learn for Future Preparedness This issue is a reflection of the global COVID 19 crisis that has killed more than 15 million people around the world he said According to Oladigbolu since Nigeria is in dire need of more resources for healthcare community pharmacists are on hand to fill that gap He said that currently around 100 pharmacists are administering the COVID 19 vaccine across the country out of 6 530 willing and able community pharmacists He said more pharmacists needed to be trained to close the gaps in COVID 19 vaccination as well as routine immunizations Oladigbolu said the training would be carried out with the support of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA to further meet Nigeria s primary health care needs He said the conference would offer the formal integration of community pharmacists into the primary health care system in Nigeria where the National Health Insurance Act is in the implementation stage According to the release the pharmacy practice is a scientific endeavor with a large commercial window that also ensures the financial health of the members practice Oladigbolu said the ACPN partnered with Polaris Bank and Leadway insurance to put together a workshop titled Financial Intelligence for Community Pharmacists He said that healthy community pharmacists would certainly ensure a better health care system in Nigeria Prominent Nigerians such as Professor Babagana Zulum Governor of Borno State Dr Faisal Shuiab Executive Director of NPHCDA and NAFDAC Director General Professor Moji Adeyeye are expected to attend the conference The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Prof Odianose Usifoh Registrar Pharmacists Council of Nigeria Pharm Babashehu Ahmed is also expected to attend the ACPN conference NewsSourceCredit NAN
    200 pharmacists for vaccination training at the 41st ACPN congress-
     No fewer than 200 members of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria ACPN will receive vaccination training at the association s 41st national conference scheduled for Lagos This was announced in a statement by the national president of ACPN Adewale Oladigbolu before the scientific conference scheduled to be held between July 25 and 29 Oladigbolu also stated that the conference will allow ACPN members to enrich themselves in learning and improving skills with a mix of opportunities to network with colleagues and have fun He said part of the conference agenda was the Mandatory Continuing Development Program MCDP stipulated by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria PCN for all Pharmacy Professionals in Nigeria According to him community pharmacists are the most accessible and skilled health care providers offering services across the protective preventive curative promotive and palliative spectrum of the health care delivery system He also stated that the annual national scientific conference was a unique opportunity for practitioners to deliberate on contemporary issues in pharmacy practice and healthcare in Nigeria It is noteworthy that other critical stakeholders in the healthcare industry often join us in policy discussions at this very important event The theme of this year s Conference is Never Waste the Crisis Community Pharmacists Learn for Future Preparedness This issue is a reflection of the global COVID 19 crisis that has killed more than 15 million people around the world he said According to Oladigbolu since Nigeria is in dire need of more resources for healthcare community pharmacists are on hand to fill that gap He said that currently around 100 pharmacists are administering the COVID 19 vaccine across the country out of 6 530 willing and able community pharmacists He said more pharmacists needed to be trained to close the gaps in COVID 19 vaccination as well as routine immunizations Oladigbolu said the training would be carried out with the support of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA to further meet Nigeria s primary health care needs He said the conference would offer the formal integration of community pharmacists into the primary health care system in Nigeria where the National Health Insurance Act is in the implementation stage According to the release the pharmacy practice is a scientific endeavor with a large commercial window that also ensures the financial health of the members practice Oladigbolu said the ACPN partnered with Polaris Bank and Leadway insurance to put together a workshop titled Financial Intelligence for Community Pharmacists He said that healthy community pharmacists would certainly ensure a better health care system in Nigeria Prominent Nigerians such as Professor Babagana Zulum Governor of Borno State Dr Faisal Shuiab Executive Director of NPHCDA and NAFDAC Director General Professor Moji Adeyeye are expected to attend the conference The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Prof Odianose Usifoh Registrar Pharmacists Council of Nigeria Pharm Babashehu Ahmed is also expected to attend the ACPN conference NewsSourceCredit NAN
    200 pharmacists for vaccination training at the 41st ACPN congress-
    General news4 months ago

    200 pharmacists for vaccination training at the 41st ACPN congress-

    No fewer than 200 members of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) will receive vaccination training at the association's 41st national conference scheduled for Lagos.

    This was announced in a statement by the national president of ACPN, Adewale Oladigbolu, before the scientific conference scheduled to be held between July 25 and 29.

    Oladigbolu also stated that the conference will allow ACPN members to enrich themselves in learning and improving skills.

    with a mix of opportunities to network with colleagues and have fun.

    He said part of the conference agenda was the Mandatory Continuing Development Program (MCDP) stipulated by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) for all Pharmacy Professionals in Nigeria.

    According to him, community pharmacists are the most accessible and skilled health care providers offering services across the protective, preventive, curative, promotive, and palliative spectrum of the health care delivery system.

    He also stated that the annual national scientific conference was a unique opportunity for practitioners to deliberate on contemporary issues in pharmacy practice and healthcare in Nigeria.

    “It is noteworthy that other critical stakeholders in the healthcare industry often join us in policy discussions at this very important event.

    “The theme of this year's Conference is “Never Waste the Crisis: Community Pharmacists Learn for Future Preparedness.

    “This issue is a reflection of the global COVID-19 crisis that has killed more than 15 million people around the world,” he said.

    According to Oladigbolu, since Nigeria is in dire need of more resources for healthcare, community pharmacists are on hand to fill that gap.

    He said that currently, around 100 pharmacists are administering the COVID-19 vaccine across the country out of 6,530 willing and able community pharmacists.

    He said more pharmacists needed to be trained to close the gaps in COVID-19 vaccination, as well as routine immunizations.

    Oladigbolu said the training would be carried out with the support of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) to further meet Nigeria's primary health care needs.

    He said the conference would offer the formal integration of community pharmacists into the primary health care system in Nigeria, where the National Health Insurance Act is in the implementation stage.

    According to the release, the pharmacy practice is a scientific endeavor with a large commercial window that also ensures the financial health of the members' practice.

    Oladigbolu said the ACPN partnered with Polaris Bank and Leadway insurance to put together a workshop titled Financial Intelligence for Community Pharmacists.

    He said that healthy community pharmacists would certainly ensure a better health care system in Nigeria.

    Prominent Nigerians such as Professor Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno State, Dr. Faisal Shuiab, Executive Director of NPHCDA, and NAFDAC Director General Professor Moji Adeyeye are expected to attend the conference.

    The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Prof.

    Odianose Usifoh, Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, Pharm.

    Babashehu Ahmed is also expected to attend the ACPN conference.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Taraba Primary Health Care Development Agency has begun a 3 day orientation for 250 newly recruited ad hoc Community Health Outreach Workers CHEWs under the GAVI HSS programme Declaring the Jalingo training open on Friday Health Commissioner Dr Innocent Vakkai congratulated the participants and asked them to consider themselves lucky for the privilege of serving as CHEW in the programme Represented by the Executive Secretary of the state Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr Aminu Hassan the commissioner asked them to be good ambassadors for the agency and be guided by the standing order of community health professionals in carrying out their responsibilities He explained that the training was to familiarize participants with the agency s activities and programs in order to reposition them for effective and efficient delivery of primary health care services throughout the state The commissioner said the training was the culmination of a process that began three years ago under the agency s supervision in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization GAVI He explained that the exercise involved a rigorous process of analysis of the situation justification of support for the program development and review of the work plan among others These processes eventually led to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding MoU between the Taraba State Government led by the Honorable Governor Alhaji Haruna Manu and GAVI in February 2022 Taraba state is one of eight states selected for the GAVI support fund The support that has been delivered through UNICEF is aimed at Strengthening the Health System HSS in the state he said The agency s executive secretary Dr Aminu Hassan in his own separate statement highlighted the passion shown by his team and the effort put in by the government to ensure that a functioning primary health system in the state is consistently delivering results He revealed that among others the success stories recorded were the recruitment and ongoing training of qualified ad hoc CHEW who are being redesigned to boost the health system in the state through the GAVI support fund It revealed that CHEWs were drawn from all 16 local government areas in the state Aminu attributed the agency s achievements and success stories to sustained support from Governor Darius Ishaku The Nigerian News Agency reports that other organizations including NPHCDA WHO and UNICEF that are partnering with the agency gave messages of goodwill and assured their continued support for the state in achieving the Universal Health Care delivery target NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Taraba trains community health extensionists
     The Taraba Primary Health Care Development Agency has begun a 3 day orientation for 250 newly recruited ad hoc Community Health Outreach Workers CHEWs under the GAVI HSS programme Declaring the Jalingo training open on Friday Health Commissioner Dr Innocent Vakkai congratulated the participants and asked them to consider themselves lucky for the privilege of serving as CHEW in the programme Represented by the Executive Secretary of the state Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr Aminu Hassan the commissioner asked them to be good ambassadors for the agency and be guided by the standing order of community health professionals in carrying out their responsibilities He explained that the training was to familiarize participants with the agency s activities and programs in order to reposition them for effective and efficient delivery of primary health care services throughout the state The commissioner said the training was the culmination of a process that began three years ago under the agency s supervision in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization GAVI He explained that the exercise involved a rigorous process of analysis of the situation justification of support for the program development and review of the work plan among others These processes eventually led to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding MoU between the Taraba State Government led by the Honorable Governor Alhaji Haruna Manu and GAVI in February 2022 Taraba state is one of eight states selected for the GAVI support fund The support that has been delivered through UNICEF is aimed at Strengthening the Health System HSS in the state he said The agency s executive secretary Dr Aminu Hassan in his own separate statement highlighted the passion shown by his team and the effort put in by the government to ensure that a functioning primary health system in the state is consistently delivering results He revealed that among others the success stories recorded were the recruitment and ongoing training of qualified ad hoc CHEW who are being redesigned to boost the health system in the state through the GAVI support fund It revealed that CHEWs were drawn from all 16 local government areas in the state Aminu attributed the agency s achievements and success stories to sustained support from Governor Darius Ishaku The Nigerian News Agency reports that other organizations including NPHCDA WHO and UNICEF that are partnering with the agency gave messages of goodwill and assured their continued support for the state in achieving the Universal Health Care delivery target NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Taraba trains community health extensionists
    General news4 months ago

    Taraba trains community health extensionists

    The Taraba Primary Health Care Development Agency has begun a 3-day orientation for 250 newly recruited ad hoc Community Health Outreach Workers (CHEWs) under the GAVI-HSS programme.

    Declaring the Jalingo training open on Friday, Health Commissioner Dr. Innocent Vakkai congratulated the participants and asked them to consider themselves lucky for the privilege of serving as CHEW in the programme.

    Represented by the Executive Secretary of the state Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Aminu Hassan, the commissioner asked them to be good ambassadors for the agency and be guided by the standing order of community health professionals. in carrying out their responsibilities.

    He explained that the training was to familiarize participants with the agency's activities and programs in order to reposition them for effective and efficient delivery of primary health care services throughout the state.

    The commissioner said the training was the culmination of a process that began three years ago under the agency's supervision in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).

    He explained that the exercise involved a rigorous process of analysis of the situation, justification of support for the program, development and review of the work plan, among others.

    “These processes eventually led to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Taraba State Government led by the Honorable Governor, Alhaji Haruna Manu, and GAVI in February 2022.

    “Taraba state is one of eight states selected for the GAVI support fund.

    "The support that has been delivered through UNICEF is aimed at Strengthening the Health System (HSS) in the state," he said.

    The agency's executive secretary, Dr. Aminu Hassan, in his own separate statement, highlighted the passion shown by his team and the effort put in by the government to ensure that a functioning primary health system in the state is consistently delivering results.

    He revealed that, among others, the success stories recorded were the recruitment and ongoing training of qualified ad hoc CHEW who are being redesigned to boost the health system in the state through the GAVI support fund.

    It revealed that CHEWs were drawn from all 16 local government areas in the state.

    Aminu attributed the agency's achievements and success stories to sustained support from Governor Darius Ishaku.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that other organizations, including NPHCDA, WHO and UNICEF, that are partnering with the agency gave messages of goodwill and assured their continued support for the state in achieving the Universal Health Care delivery target.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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