Reps probe NPHCDA, COVID-19 vaccination centers, database funds

The House of Representatives has urged the federal government to overhaul the operations of port health services and equip them to world-class standards.

The Chamber also urged the National Agency for the Development of Primary Health Care to work towards creating the required synergy between its vaccination operations and the port health services to ensure real-time online access to the vaccination records of the travelers from the database provided for this purpose.

In addition, the House has mandated its Health Services Committee to “investigate the activities of COVID-19 vaccination units, particularly with respect to their vaccination records, to ensure that these records are duly kept in the approved database; the issuance of false COVID-19 vaccination records; and the funds spent maintaining a national COVID-19 vaccination database and the inability of key government agencies to have real-time access to the COVID-19 vaccination database.

The committee must report back within four weeks for new legislation.

These resolutions follow the unanimous adoption of the motion proposed by House Member Obinna Chidoka during Thursday’s plenary, titled “Call to Investigate Travelers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Database “.

Moving the motion, Chidoka noted that it is a prerequisite for overseas travel to most countries that prospective travelers must present their vaccination cards showing proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to such trips.

He also noted that the COVID vaccination records administered by the various units in the country should be uploaded into a database, accessible by the COVID-19 units at the various entry and exit points in Nigeria, especially at airports. international.

Chidoka said: “The Chamber is concerned that the Port Health Services at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, which has primary responsibility for checking the health status of travelers and vaccinations, have not no effective synergy with the National Agency for the Development of Primary Health Care. that supports the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, creating embarrassing bottlenecks for everyday travellers.

“The Chamber is also concerned that the National Primary Health Development Agency, with all the resources at its disposal, cannot maintain effective and efficient management of its database, so its website collapses frequently, making it mostly inaccessible.

“The Chamber is concerned that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, which is in charge of the COVID-19 vaccination database, has become a service provider for the airline sector and does not have a dedicated call center to resolve travelers’ COVID-19 issues. 19 related requests.

“The Chamber is also concerned that the working environment of port health services is shabby and crudely equipped.

“The Chamber is determined to address the poor working environment of port health services at airports and improve synergy between the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, COVID-19 vaccination units nationwide and port health services.”

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