A Non-Governmental Organisation, Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, IDFP has in Bauchi State conducted a one-day High-Level Sensitization Meeting for Religious Leaders on Covid-19 Vaccination, with a call on the participants to take the campaign down to communities with a view to addressing fears in people’s mind.
Speaking to journalists after the meeting, the Project Officer, IDFP, Lantana Bako Abdullahi said unless religious leaders and other critical stakeholders were fully sensitized the campaign would hardly achieve success.
Lantana Abdullahi said the essence was to ensure that the participants were equipped with all the necessary information that are capable of discrediting rumours being circulated in various communities
The Project Officer who acknowledged the hesitancy exhibited by people in different communities due to misinformation in the social media, emphasized the efficacy and safety of the vaccines.
“We’re here to answer and to debunk some of the myths, fears and concerns for people to see that as a window to go back to normal lives and to know that this vaccine is safe” – she assured.
She called on people to accept the vaccine and commended the State Primary Health Care Development Agency for exhibiting high sense of commitment by making the vaccines available at the venue of the meeting.
“Something very innovative and significant happened in Bauchi State, we’ve gone to many states but Bauchi stood out, because as we speak the State Primary Health Care Development Agency has brought the vaccine to our door, to the programme itself, this is unprecedented, and it is something that we should thank them, it is an opportunity to get as many people as possible to get vaccinated” – Lantana stressed.
Also speaking, the Executive Chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed said the rumours making the rounds on social media were fallacy and urged people to disregard them.
The Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Sulaimanu Adamu, represented by the Wakilin Office of Bauchi, Alhaji Zubairu Aliyu said he has taken his first and second shots and had exhibited no sign of any side effect as speculated in some quarters.
Some of the participants who took the Covid-19 vaccine at the venue of the meeting, Malam Yahaya Mahdi, Lydia Abubakar and Ali Edward Sunday stated that they have not felt any side effects after taking the vaccine and expressed determination to take the message down to the lower level.
The meeting had in attendance traditional, and religious leaders as well as their followers.