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CAN urges Kogi people to take COVID-19 vaccines



By Stephen Adeleye

CAN President in Kogi, Bishop John Ibenu, on Friday urged residents of the state to accept and take the COVID-19 vaccine, saying it is safe.

Ibenu gave the advice to Lokoja when officials from the Kogi State Ministry of Health and Kogi Primary Health Care Development Agency paid him a preparatory advocacy visit to receive COVID-vaccines. 19 in the state.

He said a stakeholder meeting between the National President of CAN, His Eminence Dr Ayokunle Samson, Minister of Health, Secretary of Federation Government, NAFDAC and others reached the conclusion that COVID-19 is real.

He said the meeting also concluded that it was safe to take the vaccine.

“We have listened to many presentations from professionals and we have conducted our own investigation and concluded that the vaccine is good for mankind and everyone should accept it.

He assured Nigerians that CAN would be the first instance to oppose anything that could harm anyone.

He stressed that it was against international standards and sanitary practice to introduce anything that would be harmful to mankind, saying: “CAN will never be part of anything that will harm mankind. .

“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe; there is nothing in there; let’s not be left behind. “

Ibenu noted that taking the vaccine was not mandatory and those who did not want to could stay away.

“It is for the good of humanity and we certify that it goes for everyone,” he said.

The cleric thanked the government of Kogi State under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello, for everything it has done to save lives in the state since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bishop commended the health ministry and the governor in particular for being very open and practical in dealing with the COVID-19 issue from the start.

“When it comes to COVID-19, the Kogi government has taken the most pragmatic approach to deal with the situation from day one of the virus,” Ibenu said.

Previously, Alhaji Acheku Yusuf, head of health promotion in Kogi state, said the visit fell within the mandate of the Kogi government to seek CAN support on COVID-19 vaccination.

He said Kogi was due to receive COVID-19 vaccines very soon and that CAN would be needed as one of the key stakeholders to educate the population.

“We want your support in educating the people of Kogi to accept the vaccine, but we must not force anyone to take it,” Yusuf said. (NOPE)


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