By Murtala Muhammad
A University Lecturer, Professor Abubakar Mustapha Jamda has attributed slow phase of production and availability of pharmaceutical products, international politics, poor health systems and cultural beliefs in developing countries as some of the factors responsible for Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy in the country.
Professor Abubakar Jamda gave the indication while delivering a Keynote Speech at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, ATBUTH Bauchi, Third Annual Research Day and Scientific Conference with the Theme; “Addressing Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Developing Countries: Latest Evidence and Future Directions”.
Professor Abubakar Jamda who is a Lecturer with Department of Community Medicine, University of Abuja, represented by an Associate Professor with Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe, Abubakar Difa said to address hesitancy of Covid vaccine by Nigerians there was the need to have a clear picture of the factors with a view to proffer solutions.
He also highlighted other issues that need to be addressed to include maintenance of cold-chains, human capacity among others.
The Chairman of the Occasion, who is also the Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed frowned at absence of support from government at all levels towards management and treatment of Covid-19 particularly Omicron variant and other dangerous diseases such as Lassa fever.
The Vice Chancellor Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, ATBU Bauchi Professor Muhammadu Ahmad Abdulazeez represented by the University’s Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science, Professor Boryo Doris emphasised the importance of taking the Covid vaccine to ensure hard immune society.
The Emir of Bauchi Alhaji Rilwanu Sulaiman Adamu, represented by the Wakilin Maganin Bauchi, Dr. Aliyu Gital urged people to continue with the strict adherence to Covid-19 non-pharmaceutical preventive interventions and prayed for God’s protection for the nation and the world in general.