Wednesday, 29 July 2020

CRSG Trains Health Workers on Vaccine Management and Safety Guidelines

The Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has concluded a three-day training on Effective Vaccine Handling and management procedures for immunization officers across the state.

Participants who were drawn from all 18 Local Government Areas of the state included all 18 for Local Immunization Officers (Lios),18 Cold chain officers (CIOs), State immunization officer (SIO) Heads of Immunization Units in both Secondary and Tertiary Health Facilities for Effective Vaccine Management.

Addressing participants, the Director-General of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Janet Ekpenyong said, the training was aimed at equipping participants and vaccine managers on improved and recent vaccine management techniques and ways of reducing wastages in the phase of the Covid19 pandemic.

Dr. Ekpenyong further highlighted measures in which the state has taken to manage wastages and improved immunization services to include equipping all Primary Healthcare centers in the state with Solar panel refrigerators, increasing incentives for immunization officers in hard to reach areas as well as stepping up an outreach team to sensitize people on the importance of immunization services.

She urged them to take advantage of the working solar panel refrigerators in their various facilities to store and maintain vaccine potencies.

"I want to however urge you all to return to your various facilities and share this knowledge you have gained with your colleagues, your facilitators from UNICEF, WHO, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency and other developmental partners have tried as much as possible to boost your capacity on Effective Vaccine Handling and management procedures which I must commend them for.

I must thank you all for your hard work so far,6 months ago we were ranked 35th and 2nd worst performing state on immunization survey in the country, today we are recognized with and identified as top flyers, you all deserve to be celebrated.

We must continue to work harder just like you have done in recent times, climbing mountains, descending hills considering our peculiar terrane in Cross River State to ensure that no single child dies from vaccine-preventable diseases across our 18 Local Government Areas".

On her part, the state Immunization Officer, Mrs. Joy Chabo thanked the Director-General for the improvements recorded in the last 6 months which she described as unprecedented.

She further seemed for more improvements in cold chain development especially in the rural areas to curb the frequent movement of vaccines from one place to another which may render vaccines impotent.

A representative from UNICEF, Mrs. Emediong Ekele-Olagbaju praised the state immunization team for the composure as she described Cross River State's approach to immunization services as innovative and exceptional which she said must have necessitated the tremendous improvement and state ranking on quality immunization indices across the country.