NGO demands mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for Kano health workers
A non-governmental organisation in Kano State, the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has called on the state government to compel health workers to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
CITAD’s project manager of public education on the COVID-19 vaccine, Hamza Ibrahim, revealed that many practitioners are yet to take their jab.
He said CITAD has monitored closely the issues around COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, slow uptake and non-acceptance of the vaccine in the state and noted that the analyses of the data generated showed that there is the need to draw the attention of stakeholders and advocates to address certain misconceptions about COVID -19 vaccine administration.
He said the centre discovered that many people are reluctant to take the vaccine due to fear of perceived adverse effects, adding that for those reasons and several other misconceptions and conspiracy theories some people abstain from taking it.
Mr. Ibrahim called on government to create a synergy among health workers, physicians and journalists to enlighten citizens in Hausa language.
He observed that the Nigerian vaccine policy has put more emphasis on local vaccine production to the detriment of vaccine hesitancy and disinformation as well as developing mechanisms to address them.
He also advised the government at all levels to treat with utmost seriousness the issue of paying the vaccination officials and the entire healthcare workers and providing them with all support they need to ensure smooth vaccination exercise.
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