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FG, NCDC, Inter-Religious Council kick against provisions of Control of Infectious Diseases bill

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FG, NCDC, Inter-Religious Council kick against provisions of Control of Infectious Diseases bill

•Says 14 sections erode powers of Courts to adjudicate on grievance •COVID-19 vaccine should not be mandatory on citizens – Christian, Muslims Inter-religious Council

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire and other stakeholders including Inter-Religious Council invited to make inputs into the Control of Infectious Diseases bill, 2020 on Thursday frowned at the certain provisions of the proposed legislation which bother on infringements of human rights, extant health policies and breach of the powers of the Courts to adjudicate on grievances.

The stakeholders expressed the concerns at the resumed public hearing held at the instance of the joint House Committee on Control of Infectious Diseases bill, 2020.


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FG, NCDC, Inter-Religious Council kick against provisions of Control of Infectious Diseases bill

•Says 14 sections erode powers of Courts to adjudicate on grievance •COVID-19 vaccine should not be mandatory on citizens – Christian, Muslims Inter-religious Council

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire and other stakeholders including Inter-Religious Council invited to make inputs into the Control of Infectious Diseases bill, 2020 on Thursday frowned at the certain provisions of the proposed legislation which bother on infringements of human rights, extant health policies and breach of the powers of the Courts to adjudicate on grievances.

The stakeholders expressed the concerns at the resumed public hearing held at the instance of the joint House Committee on Control of Infectious Diseases bill, 2020.

While speaking on the provisions of the Third Schedule on vaccination and other prophylaxis in Sections 10, 29(1), 31(1, 2), 35, 38(1b & 2), 40(2 & 3), 42(2), 43(1b) & 43(3, 4 & 5), the Minister argued that the sections are at odds with the Ministry’s position on who should be vaccinated before travelling to Nigeria and where vaccination can be obtained in Nigeria, conflicts with the powers of the Port Health Services

“The Federal Ministry of Health has recently reviewed and updated Yellow Fever vaccination and prophylaxis that should inform this section. This review was developed, articulated and is being implemented by Port Health Services (under the public health department) at all points of entry.”

The Minister also argued that Section 17(1), 19(5) and 20(5) on the right of appeal are suggestive of an exhaustive right of appeal which cannot be redressed even by the Courts by making the Minister the final arbiter for an aggrieved party, adding that the sections have ousted the powers of the Courts to adjudicate on any grievance.More in Home

In the same vein, the NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ikhpeazu argued that the bill “fails to address other essential aspects of the control of infectious disease including issues relating to One Health, coordination with States and other component authorities and human rights.

“Critical issues such as information sharing among key stakeholders and the funding of the management of the infectious disease are copiously absent. The bill also reveals significant coordination gaps between the relevant authorities, roles and responsibilities of component and data protection issues. In its current form, the bill is not comprehensive and several of its provisions do not conform with the international health regulations.”

In its position paper signed by the Co-chairmen, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; Rev’d Dr Samson Samson Ayokunle and its Executive Secretary, Prof. Cornelius Omonokhua on behalf of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), the Group urged that “any vaccine must first undergo intensive and extensive tests, regulations, production before sale and application,” adding that “Coronavirus vaccine should not be made mandatory for any citizen under any condition.”

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