No fewer than 29,205 people have so far received the first jab of COVID-19 vaccine in Adamawa state, the executive chairman, Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Sulaiman Saidu Bashir has disclosed.
Bashir who made the disclosure during a world press conference to commemorate the African Vaccination Week (AVW) and World Malaria day in Yola, Monday, lauded the state government and the various development partners such as WHO, UNICEF, ICRC, AFENET, CRS and NURU for the success of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise in the state.
“Just recently, the ADSPHCDA has joined the rest of the world to roll out COVID-19 Vaccination in Adamawa State.
” So far, we have vaccinated 29,205 persons and still counting; comprising of front line health workers, other front line workers (military, other security personnel, etc), strategic leaders as well as intending pilgrims.
” Moreover, ongoing clinical trial for RTS malaria vaccine is increasing showing good prospects from ongoing phase III study in three countries (Kenya, Ghana and Malawi).
” Furthermore, ADSPHCDA has recently won research grant to pilot some decisions support systems to improve decision making as it regards management of its immunization programme.
” On this note I want to register the appreciation of the management and board of the agency to its partners, clients and primary healthcare workers for their tremendous support, demand for healthcare and commitment to duty respectively.
” A special appreciation goes to his Excellency Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his understanding support and encouragement to the management and board of the agency steadfast in the provision of quality PHC in Adamawa State,” he said.
In his goodwill message, national immunization officer, World Health Organization, (WHO), Pharmacist Katugwa Emmanuel said the importance of AVW cannot be overemphasized as it was meant to save millions of lives.
He noted that WHO is working earnestly to ensure that there is increase trust and confidence in vaccines to maintain or increase vaccine acceptance and to increase investment in vaccines including routine immunization to remove barriers to access.
He said for the purpose of this year’s AVW, WHO will deploy three outreach teams to under covered settlements in three local governments of Yola South, Guyuk and Mubi South.
Also speaking, Zahraa Al-Janabi, communication responsible at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said her organization has worked with Nigeria since 1988 to respond to the most urgent needs of the affected population by armed conflicts and other situations of violence.
“In collaboration with the Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, the ICRC supports two areas in the fight against malaria: prevention and treatment. The ICRC assists primary heath centers by providing tablets to prevent malaria and mosquito nets to pregnant women in addition to supporting the provisions of drugs for treatment,” she said.
Also speaking, representative of UNICEF, Dr. Guful Dang called for more advocacy and strengthening of partnership to enhance the delivery of vaccines across every nook and cranny of the state.
He urged key players to ensure that vaccines reach the under covered communities of the state for the benefit of all and sundry.