CITAD Calls For Greater Transparency In Management Of COVID Vaccines
Demands transparency in burning expired vaccines
The Centre for Information Technology and Development CITAD) is with support from MacArthur Foundation implementing a public education project on the COVID vaccines, the aim of which is to increase up take of the vaccine to protect citizens across states in Northern Nigeria, including Kaduna, Bauchi among other States.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Executive Director CITAD, Yunusa Zakari Ya’u, dated December 9, 2021.
“In the course of our work, we have come across cases of vaccine resistance which is fueled by misinformation and disinformation about the vaccine. We are working hard through the media and other means to combat this.
“In the field as we work with our partners, we first heard that there were expired vaccines in some of the vaccine stocks of the country. We considered this as one more instance of rumour that we had to combat,” it said.
The statement continued, “However, as we were trying to reach out to health officers to help disabuse the rumour, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire was reported in the news (see Daily Trust, December 9, 2021, page 13) admitting that indeed that there were expired vaccines but these were not in circulation and that government was planning to burn them.
While an early admittance along with clear steps to remove the expired vaccine will help in assuring the public about the safety and quality of the vaccines available at vaccination outlets, we feel that this has to be handled carefully and with greater transparency and openness that will assure the public that no expired vaccines will be allowed at any vaccination outlet. In particular, we will like to call on the Minister to:
1. Disclose the batch numbers of the expired vaccines
2. Disclose if and where these vaccines are or were
3. Give a clear and transparent process of the withdrawal of the expired vaccines up to the stage of burning so that journalists and other stakeholders can follow up and assure the public that such expired vaccines are truly removed from the system.”
It explained that such openness will make it easier to overcome vaccine resistance by assuring them through independent voices of the quality of the vaccine.
“CITAD believes that transparency is an important element in building and maintaining public confidence that is critical to getting the people to take the jab.
“The Ministry of Health has the important responsibility to do that in this delicate time of a near-panic globally over the new variant of the virus,” it stressed.
Adamawa State Gets 1,166 Hajj. Seats in 2022, Exec-Sec. Pilgrims Welfare Commission.
The Executive Secretary of Adamawa State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Commission, who is also a Permanent Secretary in the state Civil Service, Mal. Abubakar Salihu has disclosed that the State has been allocated 1,166 seats in the 2022 Hajj exercise.
Salihu Made the disclosure during a press conference in Yola on Tuesday, He noted that Saudi Arabia has allocated a total of 43,008 Hajj seats to Nigeria.
The executive secretary who noted that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has allocated 1,000,000 seats for the exercise across the globe, noted that 850,000 of the seats will come from outside the kingdom.
Salihu disclosed that Saudi Arabian authorities have put conditions for the conduct of the Hajj exercise noting that intending pilgrims must be immunized against COVID-19 pandemic, must present negative PCR results of 72 hours or less before departure from Nigeria and must be less that 65 years of age.
He noted that as a result of fall in the value of naira, rise in VAT from 5% to 15% and reintroduction of COVID-19 protocols, Hajj fare is expected to rise to N2,565,265.84k in 2022.
Salihu called on all those who deposited money to augment payment to the tune of N2,565,265 and wait for further information as the Hajj fare was not yet finalized.
The executive Secretary said his commission is working hard to reduce the cost of accommodation while not compromising standards adding that the move will reduce the overall cost of the Hajj greatly.
He noted that 80% of the state slots will be given to those who rolled over from 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 in that order, “this means we will use the first come first serve system or the queuing system. The remaining 20% will be shared between the HSS, state government, sponsors and LGA Sponsors.
President Buhari advocates family planning, birth control
President Muhammadu Buhari has launched the Revised National Policy on Population for Sustainable Development.
At the event which held today, the President stressed the need for urgent measures to address Nigeria’s high fertility rate through expanding access to modern contraceptive methods as well as the promotion of birth spacing across the country.
In a statement released by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari also inaugurated the National Council on Population Management (NCPM), which he chairs, and the Vice President as deputy chairman with heads of relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as members.
”This will enable Nigeria to achieve rapid fertility control, improve the health of women, adolescents, new born and children, and other population groups,’’ he said.
President Buhari noted that Nigeria’s population, which is the largest in Africa, 7th globally and among the few whose fertility is still growing, is hinged on a youthful population, with more than 72% below 30 years while half of the female population are in their reproductive years (15-49 years).
”These levels have implications for sustained population growth and narrowed prospects to achieving population management, facilitating sufficient demographic transition, harnessing our demographic endowment and eventually realising sustainable development,’’ he said
Fed Govt to newly inducted doctors: don’t join strikes
The Federal Government has urged newly inducted medical graduates to stop joining incessant strikes by doctors.
Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige gave the advice in Abuja at the induction of six medical graduates of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja) into the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).
Ngige, whose son, Andrew, was among the inductees, urged the medical graduates to be of good behaviour and uphold the highest ethical standards in the course of their duties.
A statement yesterday in Abuja by the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, said the minister reminded the inductees that the medical profession is a noble one, hence, the need for them to abstain from any conduct that could bring their esteemed profession to disrepute.
He said: “I am a medical doctor. One of you being inducted here is my second son. My first son is a medical doctor. My daughter is also a medical doctor. By virtue of ethics, our oath as doctors is to save lives. That is our primary duty.
“If doctors go on strike, people die. That is the truth. The human life is irreplaceable. How do you bring back people who have died as a result of doctors not being at their duty posts?
It is unethical for doctors to embark on strikes. I have said it so many times in the past and I will continue to say it. Doctors should not go on strike. Therefore, you should desist from joining strikes in the interest of humanity and our noble profession.”
MDCN Registrar, Dr. Tajudeen Sanusi, told the inductees that they were ethically bound to do certain things as medical doctors.
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