By Ahmed Ahmed
An expert in Public Health, COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake Advocate, Dr Hassan Musa, has appealed to 52 traditional and religious leaders in Bauchi State to embrace coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination.
He made the appeal in his presentation at a one-day stakeholders’ public sensitization for religious and traditional leaders to promote vaccine uptake and acceptance on Monday in Bauchi.
The sensitisation forum was organized by Musa, supported by Mc Authur Foundation and the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD).
Musa also urged the traditional and religious leaders to encourage their subjects to access testing and COVID 19 vaccine in their communities.
He called on the leaders to disabuse the minds of their subjects and followers on the circulating myths, and misinformation about COVID-19.
“The need for religious followers to tune-in to live radio phone in programs about covid-19 to boost people’s understanding about the disease and hence the need for people to get vaccinated.
“Especially in the face of the emergence of the omicron variant of COVID-19 on 26 November 2021in the world,” he said.
Dr Musa who is also working towards increasing vaccine uptake in Bauchi State said, “it is imperative for our people, males and females, young and elderly to visit the centers to get themselves vaccinated.
“By doing so we protect ourselves and have full ownership of prevention of further transmission of the virus at individual level and to the general public as well,” the expert said.
In a remark, Malam Aliyu Muhammad, the Chief Imam of Shehu Awake Mosque said that they were convinced with the explanation on the pandemic.
He pledged to continue creating awareness on the need to prevent further spread of COVID-19, adding that it was everybody’s business especially with the emergence of the new variant of the disease.
Muhammad urged the citizens to take personal responsibility to protect themselves, their families and by extension the general public by adhering to all recommended preventive measures by experts.