Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, and Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, have made it known that there is a need for a home-grown solution to address vaccine access to totally defeat the Covid-19 pandemic and protect people from other vaccine-preventable diseases.
They reportedly disclosed this while launching the Independent Task Team of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA) on equitable and universal access to vaccines and vaccination in Africa held in Okada, Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State.
According to Obasanjo, “I have always believed that Africa’s main challenge is not lack of funds or resources. Our main challenge is the inability to harness available resources to provide customized home-grown solutions leading to address the challenges we see across the continent.”
He added that, “We need to begin to take actions to harness our local resources to solve our local problems. Through initiatives like this one, Africa will be able to encourage and retain its talent and support them in finding solutions to its age-long health challenges.”
He also said that, “Consideration for equity in access to health care, commodities and technology are at the heart of our reforms, especially for the vulnerable and under-represented groups.”
He disclosed that “I have personally chaired the state’s Covid-19 response team since March 2020 and we have over 62 vaccinations, teams, working in all our 18 local government areas of the state. We have vaccinated over 38,000 of our citizens out of our target of 47,944.”
He gave assurance that, “Edo will partner with CoDA and other veritable collaborators in the task ahead, particularly that of achieving equitable access to vaccines and vaccinations in Africa.”