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Lack of public trust major challenge in COVID-19 vaccination – Sultan


The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Thursday said that lack of public trust remained a major challenge to the effective COVID-19 vaccination exercise in the country.

Abubakar stated this at the 2021 4th quarter review meeting of Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Primary Health Care Delivery (NTLC) in Abuja.

He urged the Federal Government to do more in building confidence in Nigerians to promote acceptance of the vaccine, adding that traditional leaders in the north region were ready to support the government.

The Sultan said that the government needed to address the lack of trust among the citizenry, stressing that more would be achieved if the people were carried along.

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The royal father admonished Nigerians to disregard the myths and misconceptions around the COVID-19 vaccine, and get vaccinated to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

On advisory role of the traditional leaders, Abubakar said that they did not seek to criticise political leaders rather to advice on issues to make the lives of the people better.

Meanwhile, Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), said the mass vaccination exercise rolled out by the government was yielding positive results as more Nigerians were being vaccinated.

While commending the traditional leaders, Shuaib said the NTLC, established 15 years ago had played crucial role in the fight against polio and meningitis in the region.

He said with the outbreak of COVID-19, the federal government had engaged the committee to help in its efforts to tackle the pandemic in the region.

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Also speaking, Chairman of the NTLC and Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Mera, said that traditional and religious  leaders would continue to support all PHC programmes, especially COVID-19 vaccination and polio eradication campaign.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 4th quarter review meeting resolved to set up mass vaccination sites in palaces, to promote public confidence in the vaccines and increase uptake.

The meeting provides engagement opportunities and interaction with traditional leaders on their role and responsibility towards increasing COVID-19 vaccination uptake as well as improving PHC delivery.

Other highlight of the meeting centred on discussions around the current COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Campaign, Polio Outbreak Response and Non-Polio.

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COVID-19 Vaccination: Northern Traditional Leaders Call For More Awareness

NAN reports that with the detection of Omicron variant in the country and the surge in COVID-19 cases, the need for inclusion of all opinion leaders has become imperative. (NAN)

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