By Stephen Adeseye
On Monday evening, the Kogi government took delivery of approximately 16,900 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and the inoculation exercise will be reported in the state on Tuesday, April 6.
Dr Abubakar Yakubu, Executive Director of Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (KSPHCDA), led a team of officials from the agency and the Kogi Ministry of Health to receive vaccines at the Central Medical Store, in Lokoja.
Speaking to reporters shortly after taking delivery of the vaccines, Yakubu said the most anticipated COVID-19 vaccines arrived from Abuja around 7:40 p.m., saying Kogi was well prepared for it.
“The first line of recipients of vaccines are health workers … The administration of vaccines will be followed by front line officers such as the police, the army, the NSCDC, customs officers, among others,” he said. said.
Yakubu said the ministry intends to run the campaign as efficiently as possible because the state is lagging behind other states that have almost completed their mandatory 10-day campaign for administering vaccines.
The executive director noted that the state was initially expecting about 45,000 doses of the NPHCDA vaccine, which represented one percent of the state’s total population.
“However, to our surprise, we are currently receiving 16,900 doses. I think there will be an additional reconciliation to send the balance of the doses as soon as possible, ”he said.
Also speaking, Alhaji Acheku Yusuf, Kogi’s health promotion manager, said the ministry has sought support from all relevant stakeholders and is issuing jingles to ensure adequate awareness of the population about the vaccine.
For her part, Bilikisu Adagiri, head of the state’s cold chain, said the state was fully prepared for administering vaccines to people over 18.
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