By Stephen Adeleye
The original recipients of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines were essential health workers and non-health frontline workers.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that Kogi received 16,900 doses of the vaccine on Monday.
Health Commissioner Dr Saka Audu reported on the exercise just as Dr Abubakar Yakubu, executive director of Kogi Primary Health Care Development Agency (KSPHCDA), was the first person to take the hit.
He was attended by the Chief Medical Director of the Board of Directors of Kogi Hospital, Dr Usman Zakari and other doctors.
Some other dignitaries who received the vaccines were the president of CAN in Kogi, Bishop John Ibenu and the president of the Kogi section of Jamaatul Nasir Islamiyyah (JNI), Amb. Usman Bello.
The president of the Kogi branch of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Omakoji Oyiguh and some reporters also took the hit.
In his remarks, Dr Audu called on the people of Kogi to volunteer to take the vaccine, saying no one would be deprived or forced to receive it.
“I would like to point out that no one is exempt or will be deprived of this exercise; no one will be forced to take it as well, ” Audu said.
The commissioner explained Governor Yahaya Bello’s initial cynicism about the virus and the vaccine when he said it was a “leader who does not want to deprive his people of an intervention that could be potentially beneficial. for the people.
“At the same time, the governor wanted to avoid exposing his people to further intervention that could potentially be harmful to the people. ”
He praised the governor for ensuring that the vaccine was finally deployed to Kogi and said the ministry had taken delivery of 16,900 out of a total of 33,000 doses designated for the state.
He said the remaining 16,100 doses of vaccine would be deployed within a fortnight.
In his remarks, Dr Yakubu, of KSPHCDA, said the vaccine had undergone a series of laboratory tests by WHO, NAFDAC and other relevant agencies.
“The vaccine is manly and safe for the people of the state,” he said.
He urged residents of Kogi to dismiss claims in some quarters that the vaccine was unsafe.
Bishop Ibenu, in his remarks, commended the Kogi government for its pragmatic approach in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic from the start.
He assured the residents of Kogi that CAN will be the number one organization to stand up against anything that could harm anyone.
He stressed that it was against international standards and sanitary practices to introduce anything that would be harmful to humanity.
“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe; there is nothing in there; please let us take it to boost our health immunity to the virus, ” Ibenu said.
For his part, the president of JNI, Amb. Bello, called on the people of Kogi not to be mistaken about the authenticity of the vaccine.
He assured that JNI would step up efforts to educate Kogi residents to take the vaccine.
Representatives of WHO, the National Agency for the Development of Public Health Care, People with Disabilities and the NMA also spoke at the flag-ff.
Also on this occasion, Dr Audu inaugurated a team of scientists selected to conduct research on COVID-19 and investigate any adverse effects of the vaccine.
The team would also research the scientific explanation behind Kogi’s relative parsimony by COVID-19, the health commissioner said. (NOPE)
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