COVID-19: FG Planning To Procure 80 million Vaccines - NGF

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In a statement by the Governors forum chairman, Dr Kayode Fayemi on Tuesday made available to the press.

“We expect that about 80 million doses of vaccines will be made available in 2021 to cover 40 per cent of the population, while another 60 million doses are being planned ahead of 2022.

“Beyond government’s procurement of vaccines, we at the NGF are also strong proponents of the utilisation of Public-Private Partnerships in vaccines procurement as a means of closing the gap between what is available and what is necessary to achieve immunity.

“As we already know, vaccines themselves are not cost effective, but rather immunisation is.

“To ensure people are immunised, State Governments have a role to play in supporting the logistics and ensuring people get the vaccines.’’

He added that, “Plans must also be comprehensive enough to address other areas that could create a logistical nightmare such as storing vaccines, reaching out and ensuring people come back to receive their second doses.

“We have considerable experience on this, having handled polio vaccination which actually led to the eradication of wild polio virus in Nigeria.

“On the economic front, our major priority is to secure livelihoods. National monetary and fiscal policy reforms must align to support improvements in household income.’’

“We must task ourselves and rethink on existing assumptions and facts around financing and delivery of health care in a manner that guarantees we build back better.

“This requires adequate funding of the health sector. We have begun to advocate for increased investment in health security and public health emergencies by State Governments.

“In Ekiti State for example, our capital budget for health in 2021 increased by 250 per cent above 2020 figures.

“Our new four-year strategy for the health sector has public health security as a major priority.

“At the NGF, we are recommending that states begin to think about establishing their own Centres for Disease Control.’

“Public health is not for the health sector alone as is popularly practiced in countries including Nigeria.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is perhaps our biggest lesson around this, as the pandemic has affected all spheres of the economy.

“Nigeria now has a National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS) that includes a multi-sectoral approach to prepare for and respond to disease outbreaks.

“Every sector must now contribute to ensuring health security and this is not limited to the provision of funds alone.

“Many of the determinants of health are outside the health sector, and so we must have multi-sectoral leadership and response to public health emergencies.’’

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