The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunmibe Mamora has called on religious leaders to sensitize their followers to be vaccinated against covid nineteen.
Dr. Mamora made the call in Abuja at the sensitization programming for Christian leaders on phase II covid-19; vaccination and primary healthcare service in Nigeria.
Dr. Mamora who said religious leaders are critical stakeholders who could convince their followers of the need to utilised the available mechanism put in place by the government for vaccination expressed hope that more sensitization would curb vaccination hesitancy.
He warned those spreading fake news on the vaccination should desist from such.
” The Christian community must be in the forefront of supporting all health initiatives. In fact the Christian community is known for high uptake of vaccines. But we must ask ourselves why is it becoming weird with COVID-19?
” Why are some of the leaders falling prey to misinformation and rumours? Are there things that we are not doing right? I believe these questions and more are areas we hope to answer in the course of our discussions”.
In a remark, the Executive Director, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib said in addition to other measures pit in place, Sunday vaccination would be introduced to enable more Nigerians to get vaccinated.
According to him, “Your Eminence, the CAN President, distinguished Christian leaders, ladies, and gentlemen, I am glad to inform you that from this Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, we have introduced Sunday Vaccination.
This is to ensure members of the Christian community who may not have had access to the vaccine for whatever reason are given an opportunity to be vaccinated at their worship places.
Dr. Shuaib appreciated Christian leaders who had given the vaccination team to their churches and their members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during Sunday service.
“I must say that feedback from the field is very encouraging and I sincerely thank all Christian leaders who have given the vaccination team access to their churches and their members to receive COVID-19 vaccine during Sunday service.
Earlier the Executive Director, Nigerian Interfaith Action Association, Bishop Sunday Onuoha maintained that religious leaders are saddled with the responsibilities of ensuring the spiritual and physical well-being of their followers pledged to support the government to achieve its mandate.