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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it had trained 564 health workers on med security E-reporting tool Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI).
He said that as vaccine-preventable infectious diseases continued to decline, people were increasingly concerned about the risks associated with vaccines.
He said the trained health officials came from both primary and secondary health facilities.
Mato describes MAPI as an unfortunate medical event that follows vaccination but does not necessarily have a causal relationship with the use of the vaccine.
He said adverse events associated with vaccines could affect healthy people and should be quickly identified to allow further research and appropriate action.
He said the World Health Organization (WHO) created a Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety to respond quickly, effectively and with scientific rigor to vaccine safety issues.
The coordinator said that NAFDAC plays a vital role in ensuring that all medicines made available to the consumer are safe, of high quality and effective, adding that medicine safety is essential in any healthcare system
“Ongoing monitoring has been identified as central and essential to achieving this goal.
“Key stakeholders and healthcare providers at all levels have an important role to play in this, hence the need to stay current with skills on the use of globally accepted electronics*WAY SAFETY* tool for reporting adverse events following vaccination.
“It is with this in mind that NAFDAC, in collaboration with the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) and the Kaduna State Primary Care Board (KSPHCDBName) organized practical refresher training sessions for some of their staff.
Mato said the training was for disease surveillance reporting officers (DSNOs), Monitoring and Evaluation Officers (MOEs), local authority cold chain agents (LCCOs) and local government vaccinators (IOLs) in the 23 local government areas (LGAs) Kaduna State.