By Moyosore Salami
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) led by the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, has solicited for inter-agency collaboration in the area of strengthening sensitisation of the academic community on the need to get vaccination and building synergy in research generation. The aim of the collaboration is to tackle the current Covid-19 Viruses and mitigate against other possible diseases that could emerge in the nearest future.
The Executive Director and CEO of NPHCDA, Dr. Shuaib, commended NUC for its compliance with the Covid 19 non-Pharmaceutical protocol, describing it as one of the best from his visit to various organisations, adding that he deemed it necessary to initiate such inter-agency collaborations with relevant government agencies, which necessitated the visit to the Commission.
He said the idea is also to seek NUC’s understanding, support and cooperation, as the manager of academic institutions to enable the healthcare agency to drive mass vaccination.
Dr Shuaib argued that such arrangement would help facilitate the inoculation of staff and students of the universities within the campuses as part of its campaign to take the message of the vaccination to the grassroots adding that such collaboration would help to achieve laudable social, health and economic goals of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC), which recently directed that government employees at all levels should get vaccinated before resuming duties.
The Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, in his response, lauded the NPHCDA on its idea of the need to sensitise the NUC in a way and manner that would elicit their buy-in.
The Executive Secretary also promised that NUC would support and cooperate with the agency by way of communication to the universities to tighten their responses to Covid vaccinations and to encourage them to establish centres in the hostels, staff quarters and university office environment.
He, however, agreed that the benefits of taking the vaccine outweighed the limitations observed, acknowledging that help clinics could be established in the universities to make the vaccines accessible to lecturers, staff and students within the university community.