By Ezediuno Nduka
The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Shuaib Faisal says a more integrated approach is vital in contending with the different disease outbreaks currently facing Nigeria.
Dr. Faisal gave the remark in Abuja at the 3rd Quarter Meeting of Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Primary Health Care Delivery (NTLC).
The NPCDA E.D who noted that the integration has become necessary owing to the fact that the diseases are interwoven emphasized the need to incorporate responses for efficient utilization of available resources, as well as boost the confidence of Nigerians.
“As we conduct outbreak response campaigns, we need to find a way to integrate our responses for efficient utilization of available resources and enhance confidence in our people. Integration will also enhance our determination to continue to safeguard our wild polio virus. Consequently, Your Highnesses, mobilization, sensitization, advocacy and role modeling efforts should target multiple interventions simultaneously.”
He also informed the Traditional Leaders of the adoption of Primary Health Care Services Integration known as PSI or “the whole family approach” for the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination
“It entails checking the blood pressure and assessing the diabetes risk status of clients 40 years and above and screening children 0-12 months for malnutrition and routine immunization status.”
Dr. Faisal also spoke about Nigeria’s one year wild polio virus (WPV) free status which he attributed to collective efforts of the Traditional Leaders who ensured wide acceptance of the polio vaccine in the country.
“I will like to state that Nigeria’s Wild Polio Free Certification Not Under Threat -FG. I would also like to use this opportunity to once again, appreciate His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, NTLC members and all traditional and religious leaders across the country for the sustained support and continuous mobilization of the community to ensure that we remain WPV free.”
He further applauded the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi for providing leadership in the systematic engagement of the Traditional Leaders’ Committee on Primary Health Care delivery which was inaugurated by the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire.
“This shows that our traditional leaders have the interest of their community at heart and are collaborating with the Government in ensuring basic healthcare services are available to the people.”
The E.D also informed that second doses of AstraZeneca vaccine were now available across all states and the Moderna vaccine is available for those who are yet to be vaccinated.
He appealed for continuous adherence to COVID-19 prevention protocols such as wearing of facemasks, observing hand hygiene, physical distancing, avoiding crowds and unnecessary travels until herd immunity is achieved.