Bauchi Govt. revives mobilization teams to curb the epidemic
The Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BSPHCDA) has
revived its communication and crisis management team in Giade Local Government Area.
The Director, Disease Control and Immunisation, Alhaji Dahiru Mahmood, said in Giade on Wednesday, that team was to work toward checking the spread of epidemics and to improve access to Primary Health Care (PHC) services.
He said that the team was to also encourage people to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
He added that the agency was conducting similar exercises simultaneously in Katagum, Misau, Shira, Jamaare, Itas Gadau, Darazo, Gamawa, Dambam, and Zaki local government areas of Bauchi.
Mahmood said the remaining local government areas would also have such teams revived, as he expressed dissatisfaction over the state’s statistics on the uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The director, who said that some of the teams were purposely established for social mobilization on uptake of PHC services, added that they would also demand integrated primary healthcare services.
He said inadequate information contributed to the spread of communicable diseases, noting that “human resources for health are inadequate to sensitize the populace.
“The teams are to create demand for the COVID-19 vaccine. However, access to integrated healthcare should also be emphasized.
“The teams should also sensitize the people on diseases such as measles, Lassa fever, yellow fever, cholera, and meningitis, among others.”
He urged PHC officials to ensure data synchronization challenges were forwarded to the headquarters to expedite action.
He harped on hand-washing practice which he said was key to curbing the spread of diseases.
Mr. Abdullahi Suleiman, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Giade Local Government Area, said the council targetted 60,481 people for the COVID-19 vaccine, but only 3,855 received the jab.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the teams were a replica of the State Communication and Crisis Management on COVID-19, with 18 members comprising traditional and religious leaders, civil society organizations, and others.