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The Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has launched a two-day training for COVID-19 vaccine data managers from nine northern states.
The training, which is the first batch, is taking place in Gombe State with 18 participants from primary health care development agencies in nine states.
The states include Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Yobe, Taraba, Jigawa, Kano and Kaduna.
Hamza Ibrahim, CITAD’s coordinator for public education on the COVID-19 vaccine project, said the training was aimed at building the capacity of participants.
Ibrahim said that at the end of the training, it was expected that the data generated from the COVID-19 vaccination would be of high quality, integrity and free of discrepancies.
He said there were some discrepancies in the processing and management of COVID-19 data and that “the training aims to help fill the gaps to ensure that the data generated in this regard is qualitative and reliable”.
According to him, the training will benefit Nigeria as it will lead to generation of error-free COVID-19 data that can be used by individuals, governments and all stakeholders to form the basis of health policies.
One of the facilitators, Mustapha Alinkilo, said Nigeria had been innovative in introducing electronic management of immunization data platforms where all people who received the COVID-19 vaccination could have their record and data. on line.
Alinkilo said, “Unfortunately this is a new innovation, there are some discrepancies between the manual and the electronic report.”
He, however, said the purpose of the training was to engage key stakeholders in the area to look at the health challenges behind the discrepancies in the data and also find a solution to the problems.
“We will build the capacity of health officials in electronic immunization database management and ensure that they acquire more knowledge on modern data management and reporting,” he said. declared.
Alinkilo appealed to Nigerians to go to health facilities around them to get vaccinated against COVID-19, adding that it was important for citizens to be fully vaccinated.
“It is important for Nigeria to achieve herd immunity, that is when more than 80% of the population has antibodies against viruses like COVID-19; so let’s get vaccinated,” Alinkilo added.
One of the participants, Fadimatu Abdullahi, data manager at the Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency, said the training provided her with the latest data management techniques.
Abdullahi said the training would improve participants’ knowledge on generating, using and reporting data regarding COVID-19 vaccination to help them make evidence-based decisions.
The training is sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation