COTABATO CITY—To further support the autonomous region on its Covid-19 vaccination campaign, Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday, Feb. 24, received some donated electronic devices and other information, educational, and communication (IEC) materials from the Government of Germany through International Organization for Migration (IOM) programs.
The new support of IOM targets to increase public awareness in the right information on Covid-19 vaccine and to heighten vaccination campaign to combat high hesitancy rate of vaccine in the Bangsamoro region.
IOM Program Officer Matthew Bidder personally handed over to MOH Deputy Minister Dr. Zul Qarneyn Abas and Director-General Dr. Amirel Usman a laptop, multimedia projector, light portable speaker, and tote bags for IEC material.
“We know that information is the key aspect for Covid-19 vaccination roll-out in the Bangsamoro region, [the IEC materials can help in] getting the right information for those who don’t have as much knowledge about the vaccine,” Bidder said.
In response to Mr. Bidder’s remarks, Dr. Usman said: “The key is also providing a technological solution so that we can reach more people with the messages that we already have in the Ministry.”
To date, IOM has already provided assistance to the people of Bangsamoro particularly medical equipment, land, and sea ambulances.
“By the end of March this year, IOM will also provide ambulances to BARMM island provinces as well as in the mainland areas,” said Haifa Abdila, IOM Senior Program Officer. (Kasan M. Usop, Jr./BIO)