Federal Lawmaker Restates Call For Standardized Yellow Cards Cert.

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By Dipo Awojobi – A member of the House of Representatives, Adulraheem Olajide Jimoh has restated call for the production of standardized International Certificate of Vaccination (Yellow Card) for the country, noting that fake yellow cards are still being issued to unsuspecting Nigerians by those he called unscrupulous elements around the nation’s airports.

Minister of Health
Minister of Health

Mr. Jimoh, who is representing Lagos Mainland Federal Constituency ‎stated that the Federal Ministry of Health that is saddled with the job of producing the new cards has not done so.

According to the lawmaker, the House had earlier resolved that the Federal Ministry of Health should immediately implement the decision of the National Council on Health (NCH) that the Ministry should introduce Yellow Cards with advanced security features.

He noted however, that fake cards are still in use. “As a result, fake yellow cards are still being issued to unsuspecting Nigerians by unscrupulous people around the nation’s airports.”

Hon. Jimoh stressed that the fake cards issued to the people is useless since it is not certified by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

On why he moved a motion on the floor of the House, he observed that “when you want to travel out of the country, they would request for yellow cards.”

“The Ministry should centralise the production of the cards and distribute them through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and withdraw the old yellow cards from the system within six months,” he added.

The lawmaker said further that the House also directed the Ministry to provide airport health services in the nation’s international ‎airports in order to provide on the spot services to Nigerians travelling abroad.

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