In the year 2020 the Corona virus pandemic shook the world as it led to many deaths with many economies of the world at the brink of collapse.
The Federal Government therefore on Friday, 5th of March, 2021 at the National Hospital Abuja kicked off Nationwide COVID-19 vaccination.
This was followed by advocacy campaigns on various platforms to counter perceived believes about the vaccines and encourage Nigerians to get vaccinated.
The Federal government in a bid to ensure the safety of Nigerians from the dreaded covid 19 also directed civil servants to take the jab by 1st of December to gain entrance into office premises.
This Development led to mass vaccination of civil servants in the fight against the disease.
On December 22nd 2021, the Federal Government also destroyed over one million doses of Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccines Following its expiration.
The Executive Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib said the destruction became necessary as the remaining vaccines would expire by the end of December twenty twenty one hence the potency would be ineffective.
Dr Shuaib, who explained that Nigeria had successfully withdrawn all expired Astra Zeneca vaccines across the country, said the expiration was due to delay in the shipment of the vaccine .
Also in The year under review the Minister of health, Dr.Osagie Enahire also launched an Apheresis machine.
According to him, the machine would ensure availability of more safe blood in the country .
He stressed that the Ministry would not relent in its efforts to ensure more funding in the sector to guarantee better healthcare.
Also in 2021, the Federal Government in collaboration with development partners adopted another technique known as TB Lamp to detect more patients with tuberculosis.
The National Coordinator, National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program, Dr. Chukwuma Anyaike said the measure became necessary to complement the existing techniques.
He explained That the TB Lamp is a diagnostic machine that uses solar panel in its operations for testing of tuberculosis. The machine was therefore approved by the federal government to augment the Gene Xpert machine which had been underutilized due to inadequate power supply in the country.
The Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the National Population Commission conducted a Malaria Indicator Survey to enhance evidence based decision making approach.
At the inauguration in Abuja, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said this became necessary to ensure that the nation achieved its plan to eliminate malaria in the country.
The minister who said that the last malaria indicator survey was conducted six years ago, stressed that information derived from the study would provide opportunity for Nigeria to ascertain the progress made in the fight against the disease.
A stakeholder in the health sector, Dr Zainab Bagudu however expressed concern over the state of the nation’s health sector and called on Government at all levels to Invest more in the sector towards improving the well being of all Nigerians
Dr Bagudu observed that for Nigeria to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, adequate attention must be given to the health sector.
By Florence Adewale