By DEBORAH MUSA, ABUJA
The Federal Government disclosed Monday that the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccine administration which is currently ongoing, requires active participation of traditional leaders to champion the cause
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Executive Director, Dr Faisal Shuaib appreciated the traditional leaders for their support in the sensitization and mobilization of their community members in the first phase of the vaccination rollout
Dr faisal made this known at the third quarterly meeting of the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on primary healthcare delivery in Abuja, where he also stated that Nigeria celebrated the one year anniversary of being wild polio virus free in the past week and the success was as a result of the efforts of the leaders
He said,“The first phase of our strategic COVID-19 Vaccine roll out witnessed complete utilization of all available doses of vaccines, due to your support in the sensitization and mobilization of the community for vaccination. The second phase which is currently ongoing, would also require our traditional leaders to champion the cause towards vaccination and ensure Nigeria returns to normal living.
“We encourage you to use your influence to disseminate the right information and dispel any misinformation on the vaccines.
“Last week, we completed one year as a wild polio virus (WPV) free country. This achievement is due to the collective efforts of all of you our fathers, steering the boat of leadership to ensure vaccination is widely accepted by all”
Dr Faisal also revealed that Nigeria’s wild poliovirus free certification is not under any threat.
He acknowledged the Sultan of sokoto alongside NTLC members and all traditional leaders for their continuous support in ensuring the country remains wild polio virus free
He also appreciated the Ooni of Ife for his systematic engagement of the Traditional leaders in the South-west with the Southwest Traditional Leaders’ Committee on PHC delivery
“I would also like to use this opportunity to once again, appreciate His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, NTLC members and all traditional and religious leaders across the country for the sustained support and continuous mobilization of the community to ensure that we remain WPV free.
“Your Highnesses, I am glad to inform you that His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; (Ọjájá II), is providing leadership in the systematic engagement of the Traditional leaders in the South-west with the Southwest Traditional Leaders’ Committee on PHC delivery that was inaugurated by the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire on 2nd of September 2021 at his Imperial Majesty’s palace, Ile-Ife.
“This shows that our traditional leaders have the interest of their community at heart and are collaborating with the Government in ensuring basic healthcare services are available to the people. NTLC members and all traditional and religious leaders across the country for the sustained support and continuous mobilization of the community to ensure that we remain WPV free” Faisal said
“With the different disease outbreaks that we are currently contending with, it is imperative that our approach becomes more integrated. This is because they are all interwoven. Amidst COVID-19, we have Cholera, CVDPV2 which is as a result of suboptimal routine immunization in some parts of the country.
“As we conduct outbreak response campaigns, we need to find a way to integrate our responses for efficient utilization of available resources and to enhance confidence in our people. Integration will also enhance our determination to continue to safeguard our wild polio virus free status. Consequently, Your Highnesses, mobilization, sensitization, advocacy and role modelling efforts should target multiple interventions simultaneously.
“It is in the spirit of integration that we have adopted what we call the PSI (primary health care services integration) or ‘the whole of family approach’ for this second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination. It entails checking the blood pressure and assessing the diabetes risk status of clients 40 years and above and screening children 0 to 12 months for malnutrition and routine immunization status.
“Your Highnesses, distinguished ladies, and gentlemen, I humbly remind those who are yet to receive their second doses of AstraZeneca vaccine that it is now available in all states across the country, while the Moderna vaccine is available for those who are yet to be vaccinated”