CORONA VIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)
Summary of Phase 2 First Dose COVID-19 vaccination activities in Rivers State.
1. The State received 81,816 doses of Moderna vaccines from NPHCDA via a chartered flight on Wednesday 18th August 2021. The Hon Commissioner of Health and his entourage received the vaccines on behalf of the State.
2. Vaccination activities commenced on Thursday 19th August 2021 at designated centers in the State ( RSPHCMB, RSMOH, RSUTH, UPTH, Government House Clinic, Obio/Akpor Council, and Port Harcourt city council)
3. All LGAs will commence vaccination activities on Monday 23rd August 2021, though due to the delicate nature of the vaccines, activities will be restricted to areas demand has been generated.
4. A total of 150 persons were vaccinated on 19/08/2021 using 13 vials of the Moderna vaccine and 477 persons vaccinated on 20/08/2021 using 36 vials of the same vaccine.
We will give further updates as events unfold.
Steps Primary Health Facilities are taking to provide services
Since the outbreak of the deadly virus COVID-19, the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board has taken critical steps to ensure that its staff and patients are safe. Amongst other things, the Board has taken the following proactive steps to curb the spread of the Corona Virus in the State.
- The State Emergency Operation Center (EOC), Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), World Health Organisation (WHO), and leading learning institutions are our sources of reliable and up-to-date information. Also, we have strong working relationships with stakeholders in the health sector to promote information sharing, emergency plans, and response activities.
How Prepared Are We?
- We have developed and produced an emergency protocol for our facilities. This is to prepare as many staff as possible to be available, because of staff absenteeism associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.
- We have also created isolation points for suspected cases of COVID-19 in primary health centers.
- Contact numbers for an emergency have been shared (08031888093, 08033124314, 09041338600, 08098679953)
Crisis Communication Management
- Produced and distributed protocol for handling suspected cases of COVID-19 in primary health centers.
- Produced and distributed information, education and communication posters, and handbills about COVID-19 to our clients/patients.
Protection of Primary Health Care Workers
- Patients and visitors should be screened for symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g. fever, cough, difficulty in breathing) before being given access to the facility.
- NCDC is training primary health care workers on case management for COVID-19, Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), and risk management.
- Carried out needs assessment for infra-red thermometers, PPEs, and other essential supplies; and procured some of them to reduce the gap.
- Encouraged non-essential staff and those who develop respiratory symptoms not to report to work
RSPHCMB distributes Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Information, Education and Campaign ( IEC) Materials to Primary Health Centres in the 23 LGAs of the State
The Permanent Secretary Dr. Agiriye M. Harry received Preventive Protective Equipment from M. Salleh and Company Limited today 9th April, 2020. Together we can remain protected from COVID-19.