The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Primary Health Care Board has started an investigation into the report of sharp practices on COVID-19 vaccination being committed by some health workers in the territory.
Acting Secretary of the board Dr. Iwot Ndaeyo made this known on Wednesday at a sensitisation and social mobilisation meeting for the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination in the FCT in Abuja.
The meeting was planned for NGOs, Community and Faith-Based organisations, other stakeholders and reporters.
Ndaeyo disclosed that information had reached the board that some health workers were giving vaccination cards to FCT residents, in which they obtained money for the purpose without vaccination.
He stated that the accusations might turn out to be a rumour, but that an agency had been bestowed with the responsibility to locate the areas where this sharp practice was being carried out.
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Ndaeyo promised that the law would take its full course for any health workers and officers seen to be doing that, noting that the FCT primary healthcare has zero-tolerance for corruption.
He said that there were still lots of people in the city, who were yet to take decision on the COVID-19 vaccination, emphasizing that taking the vaccination was for their own good and that of the country.
“What we are doing here is that we are granulating social mobilisation activities/risk communication for the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination in the FCT.
“Government cannot do it alone, we have brought in partners that have been confirmed passionately involved in the progress of the health system in the FCT and we are to agree on the message we are to give out to people about COVID-19.
“It is painful at this stage of COVID-19 pandemic that some people are yet to decide on what to do, whether to take the vaccine or not, the vaccine hesitancy is getting too much, some don’t believe the virus exists.
“We need to do more on people with this mindset, beyond radio jingles, sharing of flyers, people also don’t come out on time even when they have agreed to take the vaccine.
“People must come out on time and do the needful by taking this vaccine,” he pleaded.
Speaking also, Dr. Ruquayyat Wamakko, Director, Primary Healthcare Unit of the board, said that media advocacy, sensitisation and social mobilisation were important to make the people get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Mrs. Agnes-Joseph Shekwo, a member of the Breakthrough Action Nigeria, an NGO, told the board that her organisation had been working in the area of mobilisation in all the six area councils of the FCT.
She noted that her organisation had been working with Community Volunteers and Ward Development Committee (WDC) to resolve social mobilisation issues at the grassroots, disclosing that her NGO would do more for the COVID-19 mobilisation.