By Danjuma Joseph Lafia
The Nasarawa State Government has concluded arrangement to train about 300 vaccinators who will carry out the vaccination of residents of the state against COVID-19 virus.
Executive chairman of the Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NSPHDA), Dr. Mohammed Adis, disclosed this Monday when interacting with journalists in Lafia, maintaining that the agency was going to do strict training for persons who were going to handle the COVID-19 vaccines.
“We are going to meet with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to do the strict training for persons who are to handle these vaccines, because they are not like the traditional vaccines they used to handle before.”
According to him, those to be trained as vaccinators include one person each from the 147 state electoral wards, directors in the NSPHCA, 31 Local Government Health Secretaries, one person each from the 14 General Hospitals in the state, among others.
The NSPHDA chairman continued that staff of the agency have undergone trainings by the National Healthcare Development Agency on measures put in place to ensure that once the COVID-19 vaccines come into the state, they should be able to vaccinate people.
“So we are going to do a planning meeting on how to prioritize based on the national guideline, because the national guideline has stated clearly that the COVID-19 vaccines will come in phases, because the number of vaccines we are expecting would not be able to go round people in the country.
“Because of that, priority has to be given to people based on the need. So the first phase will go to healthcare workers. Thereafter, we go for the next set of phase, that is people above the age of fifty having some co-mobibity like hypertension, diabetes, then others,” he explained.
On the availability of primary healthcare services for residents of the state, NSPHDA executive chairman contended that the state has more than enough Primary Healthcare facilities that can serve the state population.
“So what we have to do is to concentrate on the few ones and strengthen them to give the best of services. So any other one could be a place where people could just go for vaccinations. And when they need proper healthcare services, they could go within five kilometers to access good healthcare services in their localities,” Adis concluded.