Written by Ijeoma UKAZU

Ascertain the veracity of vaccines that come in to Nigeria- Association of Professionals to FG

A group of experts, The Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria, APBN an umbrella body of all the professional institutions in Nigeria has urged the federal government to apply caution and ascertain the veracity of vaccines that come in to the country.


APBN President Engr. Olumuyiwa Alade Ajibola made this statement recently at the 8th board meeting of all presidents under the professional group urging the Nigerian government to, "be careful about vaccines. We should not rush at vaccines, since we have testing facilities. We should ascertain the veracity of vaccines that come in to the country."




Ajibola stated that the meeting was convened to brainstorm targeting  at proffering workable solutions  to push Nigeria  forward.


He also pointed that, "all ideas garnered from the various professional bodies are put together and harnessed targeted at making a better impact on the progress of governance, policies of government, and also the development of various professions in the private sector.


"APBN has been acclaimed as the third leg of the organized private sector way back in 1992, and that is why its opinion, advice is important to government and to the private sector."


Revealing its role in cushioning the impact of Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria, APBN president said, the group came up with a submission on insurance for the front line personnel as its members cut across medical doctors, pharmacists, laboratory practitioners amongst others.


Another advisory role APBN played during the lockdown, the President said, "was to address the issue of the service sector comprising the professionals who would not be getting jobs nor getting paid during that time of National lockdown such that government, through the APBN or through the professional bodies, could reach out to these people with parliatives so that the businesses which are small in nature do not die.


"We also mentioned that the issue of development of the country should not be put at a stand still because of the pandemic. Rather, while people are obeying the protocols, they should be encouraged to continue their businesses as practicably as possible."


Ajibola said that the COVID-19 has lowered the progress of the economy, however, in the process, nobody should be allowed to suffer, advising that, government should preserve Nigerian doctors and front line workers who so much has been spent on in terms of training to avoid brain drain in the sector.


Commenting, the president, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, Pharm. Sam Ohuabunwa said that APBN board meeting is targeted at what role the professional body can play in supporting the people of Nigeria in dealing with health as well as economic crisis.



Concerning health crisis, Ohuabunwa stated that, "APBN is challenging health professionals to see what they can do to help the people of Nigeria and also to find a cure for Covid-19. APBN will play advisory role to government in order to get Nigerians out of this economic crisis."



The PSN president said, "Looking at what happened recently, where doctors were traveling out of Nigeria and was stopped at the airport and then they still have issues with the government. What do you think is the implication of this. More exoduses, more people will be leaving. Why will people stay in a country where government make promises and d not keep them. A country where government will promise professionals ordinary allowance and not pay. If the government cannot pay from the budget, why cannot they pay from all the money donated from other people. What you sow is what you reap. 




"So, if we really don’t care about our professionals, and think they are not important, and we can do without them, let them find a natural better option. You cannot beat a child and at the same time tell the child not to cry. Until Nigeria gets serious about protecting what they have, there will continue to be exodus."




In maintaining the infrastructures on ground in order to have a stable healthcare system, the president of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, Prof. Muhammad Akaro Mainoma said, "it is not just a matter of maintaining, we should go higher than what it is today. We have seen that it is even more important to address the health matter than the food we eat. We must advance it to the level that even our leaders should not be leaving this country to go elsewhere for medical care."




Also speaking, the Treasurer of PSN, Pharm. Mrs Adefolake Adeniyi appealed to the government to look inwards in the health sector, adding that healthcare improvement would keep medical personnel in Nigeria to help others in need.




Adeniyi added that, " a lot of money has to be put in the education and health sector. It is only a healthy mind that can do a lot of things. We implore the government to put more into the health sector to avoid brain drain of health professionals."








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