EKSG partners LG officers to educate residents on vaccine - COVID-19
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
The Ekiti State government in partnership with local government officials has organised a capacity building program to sensitise residents on the need to accept the COVID-19 vaccine.
The enlightenment programs which commenced on Tuesday is expected to be replicated in all communities across the state.
The state government said the move is aimed at dispelling rumours surrounding the vaccine, make people realize its importance and instil peoples confidence in the government.
Recall that the federal government took delivery of the COVID-19 Vaccine on Tuesday 2nd of March.
Participants are drawn from the 16 local government areas of the state are tagged LGAs RISKCOM Team Members.
They comprise health educator, environmental officer, Disease Surveillance and Notification Officer, Information Officers, Community Development officer (Social Worker), Chief Orientation and Mobilization Officer(COMO) all at the Local Government Level.
They are expected to return to their communities and educate the people on the efficacy of the COVID-19 Vaccine at the end of the program.
They are also to liaise with the traditional rulers and community leaders for the information to get to the right places.
The team As stated by the state ministry of health will also work in their various communities to dispel the misconceptions, rumour around the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Dr Jimlas Opeyemi Ogunsakin said “the capacity building programme becomes necessary to enable government to synergize better with health officers at local government level for inter-sectoral collaboration so that the officers could protect their various terrains for greater development milestone for the community”
Dr Ogunsakin added that the program would serve as an avenue for the team to come together and brainstorm on modalities for community sensitization so that government could make the budget available for the advocacy.
The State Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Oyebanji Filani said the current wave of the pandemic makes the crucial roles of the health workers in combatting the wave of the virus critical.
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