Vaccination best weapon, strategy against COVID-19 – AHBN – The Sun Nigeria

From Fred Ezeh, Abuja

The Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN) has said vaccination is the best weapon and strategy to fight the novel coronavirus disease, also known as “COVID-19”.

AHBN coordinator Dr Aminu Magashi, who made the suggestion at the second annual conference of the Association of Nigerian Health Journalists (ANHEJ) in Nasarawa State, urged Nigerians to stand up for themselves. get vaccinated against COVID-19 and avoid all forms of conspiracy theories, adding that all vaccines are very safe.

Dr Magashi noted that for Nigeria to expect a full recovery from the pandemic, government and policymakers must prioritize health.

In his presentation titled: “Nigeria’s COVID-19 Financing and Recovery Plan: The Place of the Media,” Dr Magashi, who was represented by Dr Obinna Onuoha, AHBN Senior Program and Partnerships Officer, spoke also called on the federal government to ensure the efficiency and transparent use of all COVID-19 funds.

According to him, every COVID-19 finance and stimulus package touches the lives of all Nigerians and, as such, the public should be properly informed about how every penny is being used.

Dr Magashi, while calling on ANHEJ members to make sure they ask tough questions about the type, nature and duration of financial support for each stimulus package, said the media were on the front lines. line and center to ensure that all Nigerians are well informed of the facts.

He said: “With all the efforts underway to recover from COVID-19, the media are on the front lines to ensure that all Nigerians are well informed about the facts, what funds have been received and from whom, what are the government’s plans. in place to use these funds to ensure quality health, what are the checks and balances to ensure that these dedicated funds deliver value for money, what steps are taken to ensure that all parties involved are held accountable the disbursement and use of these funds, what are the feedback mechanisms from beneficiaries of these health interventions, and how are the challenges and lessons being implemented for future reference, which we can learn from pass.

“In our ever-connected world, information is power, information is key. Therefore, as health journalists charged with the revered responsibility of providing answers to these questions, Nigerians see you as the custodians of factual, verified and timely information.

“Every COVID-19 finance and stimulus package touches the lives of all Nigerians and as such we need to make sure the public is well trained. If you haven’t heard it before, I’m telling you now, you are saving millions of lives through the work you do.

“As health journalists, you have a mandate to ask the tough questions no one wants to ask about the type, nature and duration of financial support for each stimulus package. Transparency, mutual accountability, consensus and collaboration are the fruits that we can expect to see when all Nigerians are well informed and presented with the facts.

“This is how we can rebuild better. In doing so, we will bring this great nation closer to the quality health pursuit that Nigerians are entitled to, not only because of their innate rights as human beings, but also under the National Health Law of 2014, which we are obliged to respect.

“Health should be our number one priority if we are to expect a full recovery from COVID-19, and I think this has been reiterated by the federal government’s statement to end COVID-19 by the 31st. December 2022.

“We therefore turn to you, our esteemed colleagues in the media, to keep Nigerians informed of all the activities that will bring much-needed relief, especially to the most vulnerable among us, and put an end to this scourge of COVID-19. . Because without good health, we wouldn’t all be in this room.

The head of the AHBN further congratulated various donors, development partners and philanthropic organizations who have helped Nigeria recover from this pandemic.

“I would also like to recognize and thank the leadership and coordination of the Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Ministry of Finance, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, NCDC, NPHCDA, Federation Budget Office, including including the Office of the General Accountant of the Federation and all relevant MDAs to ensure that the health programs and their required funding are in place to fight COVID-19.

“Special thanks and recognition also go to WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, IMF and other development partners who have deployed funds and resources for this cause.

“Indeed, the recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic is not a singular health problem, because we have seen that its effects are multifaceted and profound in our socio-economic fabric.

“So when we talk about recovery, we must also include social protection programs, job creation and the construction of social infrastructure like roads, access to water / sanitation and social programs. ‘electrification’.

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