Urges transparency in the use of funds
The Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN) has said vaccination is the best weapon and strategy to fight COVID-19, urging Nigerians to take the vaccines “because they have all been proven to be very safe.”
AHBN coordinator Dr Aminu Magashi, who said this at the Nigerian Health Journalists Association (ANHEJ) 5th Annual Conference in Nasarawa State, noted that for Nigeria to t awaits a full recovery from the pandemic, government and policymakers must prioritize health. .
Magashi, who spoke on “Nigeria’s COVID-19 Financing and Stimulus Plan: The Role of the Media” called on the federal government to ensure efficient and transparent use of all COVID-19 funds.
The AHBN boss, who was represented by Senior Programs and Partnerships Officer Obinna Onuoha, noted that the COVID-19 finance and recovery plan touches the lives of all Nigerians and, as such, the public should be properly informed of how every penny is used. .
He urged ANHEJ members to make sure they ask tough questions about the type, nature and duration of financial support for each stimulus package while the media should ensure that all Nigerians are knowledgeable of the facts.
With all efforts underway to recover from COVID-19, the media are on the front lines to ensure that all Nigerians are well informed of the facts, funds received and from whom, the plans of the government in place. use these funds to ensure quality health, what are the checks and balances to ensure that these dedicated funds provide good value for money, what steps are taken to ensure that all parties involved are held accountable for disbursement and use of these funds, what are the feedback mechanisms from beneficiaries of these health interventions, and how challenges and lessons are learned for future reference, which we can learn from the past.
“In our ever-connected world, information is power, information is key. Therefore, as health journalists charged with the revered responsibility of providing answers to these questions, Nigerians see you as the custodians of factual, verified and timely information.
“Every COVID-19 finance and stimulus package touches the lives of all Nigerians and as such we need to make sure the public is well trained. If you haven’t heard it before, I’m telling you now, you are saving millions of lives through the work you have done, ”Magashi said.