The federal government has hired alternative and traditional medical professionals to work hard to find a local solution to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health Minister Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora explained this at an event on the occasion of yesterday’s African Traditional Medicine Day in Abuja.
He said the pandemic justified looking inward and considering local drug production to nationalize Improve safety and achieve universal health coverage.
He said the Federal Department of Health has mandated the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to expand their activities for a local business to promote local content pandemic solution.
This came when Dr. Mark Suzman, Chief Executive Officer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), criticized the persistent inequality in the distribution of vaccines between high and low income countries.
He described the trend at the public health level as morally wrong and short-sighted on the global economy level because it disrupts long-term economic recovery. He said that currently 80 percent of all vaccines are distributed to high- and middle-income countries, while only 1 percent goes to low-income countries.
In a virtual interview with journalists on The 5th Annual Goalkeepers Report of the BMGF, Suzman called for an aggressive expansion of global vaccine availability, particularly in Africa. He observed that the current vaccination rate on the continent is around 1.8 percent.
“That is morally wrong. A key message is the rapid expansion of vaccine availability, which must start with the COVAX initiative that we supported. There may be some questions about it, even though it was clearly unable to provide the amount of vaccines that the individual hoped for, ”he said A series of governments was set up to give every country equitable global access to vaccination for at least 20 percent of its population of health workers and high-risk groups.
He noted with dismay that this did not happen because countries with high Income hoarding vaccines and not allowing supplies to be distributed as intended.
Suzman argued that the upcoming UN General Assembly provides a real opportunity to increase the distribution of funds and resources and to advance the efforts of many countries to Obtain vaccines directly through media such as the Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP).
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC) have A two-week capacity building program started yesterday in Lagos.
The training is intended for the first cohort of 40 participants from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the state health ministries, the Nigeria Port Health Services and the Nigerian military in public health support Emergency Management Professional Certification (PHEM PC).
The training, the first of its kind in Nigeria, which was taken over by US-CDC Atlanta, equips emergency managers, incident managers, state Epidemiologists, first responders, watch managers, and other public health professionals with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to respond to public health emergencies.
During the intensive program, participants receive specialized training in Crisis and emergency risk communication, as well as emergency management functions and operations in public health.