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Covid-19 Vaccines: Health Workers Tasks to Lead by Example, As Committee Frowns at the ill Attitudes of Labour
Date Posted: 09/Apr/2021
The ongoing covid-19 vaccination exercise in Taraba state can only be successful when health workers and other frontline workers eligible for the first phase exercise come out en-mass to be vaccinated. 
More to that, striking workers allegedly to have being going around trying to frustrate the success of the exercise, have as well been call upon to desist from such act, as indulging in such act is not the surest way of resolving their disputes with the government
This was the collective view of the entire members of the Social Mobilization Committee, who at their strategic review meeting which took place at the Conference hall of the World Health Organization ( WHO) in Jalingo, the state capital seeks for cooperation for hitch free exercise. 
The said review meeting which was organized by the State Primary Health Care Development Agency with support from the United Nations Children's Fund ( UNICEF) C4D, as observed by our correspondent, brought together members of the committee who were made up of traditional and religious leaders, media, security chiefs among others. 
Reports filtering out from the various vaccination points spread across the state, indicates that health workers and other frontline workers, among which includes security personnel, media etc who ought to lead by example, are the ones shying away from being vaccinated the situation which the committee frowned at. 
More to the aforementioned factors, the committee observed to have being frustrating the exercise, is the ongoing strike action embarked on by workers in the state over the non implementation of the approved national minimum wage of N30.000.
The workers who have short down both government and private activities were alleged to have as well went as far as preventing health workers assigned with the responsibility of vaccinating the eligible ones from carrying out the exercise. 
While some stores where the vaccines are kept were alleged to have been closed down by the workers thereby making it impossible for the health workers to carry out their assignments, some as unanimously observed by the committee, are going about discouraging the people from visiting the vaccination centers in their domains 
The difficult terrains in some of the local governmemt councils as well as the difficulties in accessing Communication networks, were also observed by the committee, as factors that are also threatening the exercise. 
The committee who have collectively resolved to tread extra legitimate miles to surmount the aforementioned challenges, called for all hands to be on deck as the success of the exercise would not only lead to the prevention of the spread of the virus, but would as well lead to the success of upcoming routine immunizations. 
Also aligning his weight to that of the committee, the deputy governor, Engineer Haruna Manu , while inaugurating the the 21 man committee on immunization, it would be recalled urged the workers to as a matter of urgency desist from such acts or be visited with the long arm of the law.
Manu who could not fathomed why the workers would go as far as wanting to pull down the exercise in the state, vowed that government, would not fold it hands watching such development. 
Suggesting ways forward , the members, as noticed by our correspondent, renewed committement to sustain, support and do more as their corporate social responsibilities of ensuring routine immunization services uptake, Ante-Natal care services and integrated PHC service interventions including COVID19 Vaccination and COVID19 IPC.
While encouraging all the eligible persons to visit any of the 78 covid-19 vaccination sites closed to them, the committee observed that of all the persons so far vaccinated, no single side effects report according to them ,have been reported.
By Charles Akpeji
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