The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib has implored Northern Traditional Leaders to assist in enlightening their subjects about COVID-19 and vaccine usage.
He made the disclosure at a meeting with Traditional leaders in Abuja
He assured Nigerians that any investment in the procurement of COVID-19 vaccine, is capable of strengthening the primary health care system.
He further assured Nigerians that the Federal Government is committed to securing the much-needed COVID-19 vaccines.
“We are taking into consideration safety, efficacy, cost and required logistics to stop ongoing community transmission of the virus.
As the country awaits the arrival of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine in February, the PTF has called on State governments to put all the necessary logistics in place to ensure a successful vaccination exercise.”
In the same vein, he said the Nigeria government is waiting for the go ahead from the Saudi Arabia Government to determine if Nigerian citizen can participate in this year’s Hajj.
The Presidential Task Force also called on the state government to put in place necessary logistics that will ensure vaccine distribution.
The Traditional leaders in Nigeria also
called on the Federal Government to procure adequate quantities of the vaccine.
His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, has urged Nigerians to get vaccinated as soon as safe, effective and NAFDAC certified vaccines are available.
He also stressed the need to disregard rumours about the vaccine and rely only on information from credible sources for decision making.
Ehanire complimented the Traditional leaders for their efforts so far in reducing the spread of COVID-19 vaccines in Nigeria.
” We commend you for being there for the people. We will like you to keep up the good work at all times. It is not very easy for Traditional leaders to explain things to people at this trying period”.
According to him, the whole world agreed that for the world to be free from COVID-19 pandemic, 60 % of the world must be vaccinated.