By Stanley Onyekwere
The FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello yesterday led other top FCTA staff to take their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, almost three months after taken their first doses of the vaccine.
In particular, Bello who the first to be administered with the second dose of the vaccine, in the evening at the FCTA Secretariat in Area 11, was immediately followed by the Permanent Secretary of FCT Administration, Olusade Adesola, his Chief of Staff, Mallam Bashir Mai-Bornu, Acting Secretary of the FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Dr. Mohammed Kawu.
Speaking after receiving his jab, the Minister, expressed pleasure that from March 11 till date, when the FCT Administration rolled out its vaccination programme against COVID19, a substantial number of people, have been vaccinated with 98% of the doses allocated to the FCT.
He added that during the last few days, those who got the first jab have been taking their second one.
His words: “ I took my second dose of vaccination against COVID19. I recall that I took the first jab on Thursday, 11th of March, 2021, and according to the health regulations, after twelve weeks I would have been due for the second injection (jab), which I took now (yesterday).
“Even though we are testing massively, but the incidences of positive cases have been coming low. But the fact that we have taken the vaccine, and a lot of our citizens have been inoculated or vaccinated doesn’t mean that we should loose our guard.
“Let’s continue to work very hard and pray to God almighty to continue to protect the FCT from COVID19. And I assure you that with the support of the very dedicated workers of the Health Secretariat, we will continue to work to ensure that every resident of the FCT is protected against COVID19.”
He continues: “I will also continue to provide needed support in our hospital system, even if COVID19 is over, at least it has helped us to improve on our capacity for oxygen. Already, our two oxygen plants have been almost concluded in rehabilitation.
“Going forward, I will appeal to all of you especially those of you in the health Secretariat to continue to work hard like you have done, and maintain all the facility that have been established for the purpose of this pandemic, so as to ensure that we will be very prepared.
“I call upon all residents of the FCT, any opportunity that is brought forward to them, to be vaccinated, please let them get vaccinated, because unless we get substantial number of our population fully vaccinated to the level whereby we can say the incidence of this particular disease have been conquered”.