he Nigerian Red Cross Society has tasked stakeholders in Nasarawa State to intensify mass vaccination campaigns for the COVID-19 and related diseases.
Mr Barnabas Asoloko, Branch Communication Officer, Nigerian Red Cross Society, Nasarawa State, gave this charge at a one – Day stakeholders engagement on Project” Saving Lives, Livelihood and COVID-19 SCALE 3.0 on Thursday in Lafia.
According to him, the stakeholders engagement that has its theme ” The COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Campaign in Nasarawa State, the Journey so Far” is aimed at assessing the progress made by various stakeholders in the campaign.
Asoloko said the meeting would enable them get feedback responses from various trade unions, CBOs, CSOs religious and community leaders as regards what they have done to ensure their members access the vaccine.
He explained that the project Saving Lives and Livelihood is an initiative of Mastercard Foundation in partnership with African Union and African Centre for Disease Control.
Asoloko said the project is geared towards giving support to African countries to address issues of the COVID-19 vaccine, noting that the project was specifically supporting National Primary Health Care Development Agency on COVID-19 SCALE 3.0 in Nigeria.
“We called for stakeholders engagement because we need to know the progress so far on COVID-19 in Nasarawa state, the overall development, where we are lagging and what we supposed to do, and also to get feedback,” he said.
Asoloko said another sensitisation programmes would hold on campuses of Nine higher institutions as well as roadshow across Nasarawa state as part of Risk Communication and Community Engagement under the coordination of the Red Cross.
Mr Mohammed Ibrahim, Director, Health education and social mobilisation, Nasarawa state Primary Health Care Development Agency, commended the Red Cross for the partnership to better the lives of people in the state.
Mrs Nnena Eze, Nasarawa State Coordinator for National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, appealed for more access to adequate soaps for women to maintain proper hand, clothes, surfaces and floors wash.
“Another thing is immunisation, women should be sensitised on the need to immunize their children, savings lives is everybody ‘s business, not just mother only, father, son, daughter, neighbor opinion leaders should get involved,” she said.
The stakeholders from various trade unions, CBOs, CSOs, Nigeria Labour Congress, Nigerian Union of Journalists, International Federation of Women Lawyer, Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria were in attendance.