By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi
It has been observed that securing a grant to further pursue the objective of the COVID-19 pandemic Taskforce has proffered the opportunity to strengthen citizens’ awareness and promoting good behaviors.
This is especially as the country and stakeholders are striving to curb the community spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and empower the various actors to make informed decisions as regards the infection.
The observation was made by the Country Director, Chemonics GHSC-PSM Project Nigeria and Chair,
Health Sector Reform Coalition (HRSC) COVID-19 Taskforce, Mike Egboh in his opening remarks during a Webinar meeting on ‘Strengthen Advocacy Capacity for Epidemic Health Response – COVID-19″ to unveil the advocacy toolkit as part of contributions to the national response building on the strengths and capacity of citizens and other stakeholders mainly CSOs.
Egboh added that, “We are very hopeful that the toolkit will be adopted by many. I wish us a great time interacting with the toolkit” .
The HSRC Chairman explained that the HSRC COVID-19 taskforce which came into operation at the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 has been involved in mitigation for the pandemic across the country.
He added that The taskforce leveraging on the unique strengths of HSRC members set out to constructively support the country’s response to COVID-19 mainly to ensure the effectiveness of the nationwide response.
“Working through the four WGs of the Taskforce was able to establish a good working relationship with the different arms of government responsible for the pandemic”, he added.
Egboh further said that, “While acting as a collaborator, we also held the stewardship system to account evidenced by the various and high-level strategic engagements which curtailed subnational governments from lifting ban on religious centers during the Easter period” .
In her remarks, Convener of the Webinar meeting, Mrs Moji Makanjuola stressed the need for all stakeholders in the health sector to come together and fashion out how the country’s health care reform can be more effective in the post COVID-19 pandemic era.
Moji who is the Executive Director of ISMPH, pointed out that though the country was not prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, the measures adopted to tackle it is commendable and should be used for the post pandemic era.
All the panelists agreed that a lot need to be done to make the health sector more efficient and effective particularly as the country is gradually getting into the post pandemic era when the gains of the past must be harness to safeguard the people.