COVID-19: Group set to vaccinate 50,000 residents in Gombe

COVID-19: Group set to vaccinate 50,000 residents in Gombe

Centre for Integrated Health Programmes in partnership with Kishimi Shelter and Care Foundation plans to vaccinate no fewer than 50,000 persons in Gombe state.

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this was disclosed by the Executive Director of the foundation, Grace Samuel, stating that the partnership was geared toward scaling up the uptake of COVID-19 vaccination and that there are shortfalls the intervention would bridge.

She also revealed that the three-month intervention would spread across four Local Government Areas, providing sensitisation and mobilisation to rural dwellers on the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine.

She said, “Other Community-Based Organisations are working in other local government areas.

What CIHP is doing is covering the 11 Local Government Areas.

“Coronavirus has come to be with us, so we need to find ways of coping with it just like we use other vaccines like polio, etc.

 
“We usually give people the opportunity to ask questions, telling them that it is not compulsory but if they are convinced and they feel they want to take it we usually give them the opportunity.


Samuel noted that their intervention was geared toward ensuring the communities were properly educated about COVID-19, bearing in mind the type of information shared with the people.

“We want to see the scale-up of the uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine.

We have had a meeting with the Primary Healthcare Development Agency and we discovered that there are gaps, the uptake is slow.

“We as foot soldiers in the community will mobilise people for the uptake, a lot of mobilisation has been done but more of this has been in the centre more at the state level.

What we are trying to do is to take it right down to the Local Government Areas and communities,” she added.

 
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COVID-19: Group set to vaccinate 50,000 residents in Gombe

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