CSOs URGE OYO STATE GOVERNMENT TO STRENGTHEN ENGAGEMENT OF CSOs TO IMPROVE ROUTINE IMMUNIZATION, OTHERS
Written by Kayode Sanni on August 11, 2022
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other critical stakeholders in Nigeria’s health sector have called on the Oyo State Government to strengthen CSOs’ involvement to improve Routine Immunization (RI) and increase utilisation of COVID-19 vaccines in the state.
They made the call as part of their recommendations at the end of a two-day review and validation meeting of COVID-19 and Health Security Accountability Scorecards for Oyo state, with CSOs, Young People and the Media, organised by the African Health Budget Network (AHBN).
The CSOs urged the Oyo State Primary Healthcare Development Agency to strengthen community and CSOs involvement to increase utilization of COVID-19 vaccines, improve routine immunization performance and support factual public information on COVID-19 in the state.
The recommendations released by CSOs called on the Oyo state government to make available resources and institutionalize financing mechanism for health security including COVID-19 equitable recovery. The CSOs also task the state government on the availability of adequate COVID-19 vaccines in all the state’s vaccination centers, aimed at increasing uptake of COVID-19 vaccines.
They also called for the engagement of the state ministry of health for collaboration to monitor/track allocation, donors support, loans and government releases for health security and COVID-19.
“The state government should ensure that the state ministries of health and finance publish the state government’s 2020, 2021 and 2022 COVID-19 and Health Security expenditure report.
- “The federal government must find ingenious ways to improve routine immunization coverage in the state. It is also important to the call for the prompt release of all budgeted funds for immunization related activities.