Experts and other key stakeholders, including nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in the health sector, have called on the federal government, through the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Finance, to publish COVID-19 2020, 2021 and 2022 and health security. expense report.
They called for the conclusion of a two-day retreat to review draft National and State Scorecards on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent and Aging Health Plus Nutrition (RMNCAEH+N) and COVID-19 and Health Security Accountability, championed by Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN), in Lagos.
In a statement released yesterday by the African Health Budget Network (AHBN), Dr. Aminu Magashi, stakeholders recommended that in line with the “one health strategy”, the federal government strengthen coordinated surveillance systems in the animal health and public health sectors for zoonoses/pathogens identified as common priorities.
They further recommended that the federal government assist states in strengthening the state crisis communications team and community engagement for evidence-based public information about COVID-19 that will increase vaccine uptake; federal government to ensure that adequate COVID-19 vaccines are made available to all 36 states, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and to assist underperforming states to increase vaccine uptake and reduce hesitation and to support relevant government agencies in the development of innovative means of surveillance/monitoring allocation, donor support, government loans and releases for health security and COVID-19.
“It is worrying that 60% of infectious diseases come from zoonotic sources. It is also the source of three out of four new or emerging infectious diseases in humans.
“This requires urgent attention from the federal government to ensure the availability of coordinated surveillance systems across the animal and public health sectors for zoonotic diseases/pathogens,” says Dr. Mohammed Abbas, Department of Medical Microbiology and of Parasitology, Bayero University, Kano.
The COVID-19 and Health Security Accountability Dashboard has been developed through the adaptation of selected indicators from the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) tool of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the assessment of the 2nd edition of the International Health Regulations (IHR), review and validation of government documents including approved budget and presentations, review of online government dashboards related to COVID-19, meetings of advocacy/retreat with agencies, CSOs, media and youth.
The dashboard has been developed to reflect the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) review of Nigeria’s capacity in health security and COVID-19 preparedness and response. It also serves as an evidence tool to be used by all stakeholders, including CSOs, media, advocates, youth and development partners to strategically influence actions that mobilize resources, promote prudent spending, transparency and accountability of COVID-19 health security funds.