The Federal Government has designated 3,363 vaccination sites across the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT for the rollout of the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination.
Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this on Wednesday at the 33rd teleconference meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.
This is as Members of the Forum reiterated their commitment to providing leadership and oversight for the effective flag-off and implementation of the vaccination exercise. The members also resolved to take additional measures to curb the resurgence of the spread of Covid-19 by working with the Presidential Steering Committee to develop applicable guidelines.
This was contained in a communique signed by the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi in Abuja, on Thursday.
In his address, the Forum’s Senior Health Advisor, Dr Ahmad Abdulwahab briefed Governors on the emerging cholera outbreak in the country which has so far affected 23 States, with over 47,000 cases recorded.
The State Governors pledged to address the Health Security challenges by domesticating the National Action Plan for Health Security with the support from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to build core health security capacities in surveillance, laboratory network, emergency operations and the workforce in all States.
Regarding the ongoing strike action by members of the Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors, the Forum resolved to take a mediatory role to facilitate dialogue between NARD and the affected States.
On the recent Federal High Court Judgment on Value Added Tax, the Forum resolved not to make any pronouncements until all litigations regarding the matter were concluded.
On the Petroleum Industry Bill recently assented to by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), the forum resolved to work with the Steering Committee set up by the President to oversee the process of the implementation of the Act headed by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, on the areas of concern to the Forum.