NGF sets up Advisory on COVID-19 vaccines’ procurement, administration

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THE Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) has set up a team of experts to advise on the procurement and administration of the COVID-19 vaccines.

  The decision was taken during the 24th teleconference meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum on Wednesday.

  The meeting was to deliberate the procurement and administration of COVID-19 vaccines in the country.

  During the meeting with the NGF, three medical experts briefed the governors on the country’s preparedness for the procurement and administration of COVID vaccines and the level of collaboration required from all stakeholders, including the federal, state governments and the private sector.

  The list includes; leading Virologist and former Vice-Chancellor of Redeemer’s University, Nigeria, Oyewale Tomori, Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, Founder/Managing Director Synlab Nigeria (formerly PathCare), President Healthcare Federation of Nigeria, Pamela Ajayi, and Founding Partner of the Anadach Group, Egbe Dawodu.

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  It was later agreed that a team of experts led by Tomori will advise state governors on the procurement and administration of coronavirus vaccines in the country.

  “Following the presentations, the Forum set up a team of experts led by Tomori to advise state governors on the procurement and administration of coronavirus vaccines in the country”.

  Part of the statement read, “the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has indicated that vaccines will be administered in four phases, based on vaccine type and availability, initially for frontline health workers, then the aged (55yrs and above), persons with underlying medical conditions and other target groups.

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  The Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, who is the Chairman of the NGF Sub- Committee interfacing with the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 reported with concern the rising positivity rate amongst those tested for the virus and called on governors to do more to reactivate their health systems, open-up treatment centres and increase partnerships with stakeholder groups in order to improve risk communication together with the public’s adherence to COVID-19 guidelines.

  State governors consequently committed to increasing budgetary allocation to the sector with the collaboration of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning and the World Bank through the US$640 million investment finance and US$60 million technical assistance component which together will support and incentivize infrastructure investments and strengthen government policies and institutions in the WASH sector.”

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