6 April 2021
There is a lack of awareness among the general public in the sense that the general public has a bad perception of the vaccine. Additionally, there is a lack of clear information regarding the importance and genuineness of the vaccine.
Firstly, because we are front liners and have first contact with the patients who come to seek health care services. Secondly, we have to lead by example before extending it to the general public. Thirdly, so that we can be protected against the pandemic ourselves.
People should care or be concerned about the unequal distribution of vaccines because if we are all not vaccinated, it means vaccines will serve no purpose on earth. People should get upset if they are not covered by the vaccine. Health care services must be distributed equally to everyone regardless of social status, race and religion.
Cultural and religious beliefs play a role, as does family income in the sense that most households are impoverished and can’t afford some health services which are not free of charge. We also face inconsistent and often inadequate supplies of medical supplies. Lastly, limited funding to the Ministry of Health by the government results in inadequate health care staff and health facilities.
It matters to me in the sense that it gives me that feeling of having achieved health for all. Secondly, it matters for everyone because when UHC is achieved, we will have a healthy and productive nation.
Ministries of Health, nations, NGOs and other local and global partners working together to achieve UHC.