…Governor, Deputy, others receives first jab of AstraZeneca Vaccine
From: David Hassan, Gombe
Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has officially flagged-off Covid-19 vaccination in the State.
The Governor, was administered the first dose of the AstraZeneca by his personal physician, Dr. Bello Abdulkadir at the banquet hall of the Government House.
Speaking shortly after being inoculated, the Governor said the coming of the Covid-19 vaccine signals a return to normalcy through the gradual lifting of travel and work restrictions.
“We are grateful to the Federal Government for its role in ensuring Nigeria is not left out of the global vaccine programme. On our part, Government is making necessary plans to ensure the success of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign through careful mapping and targeting of eligible persons during this first phase of the campaign”.
He said the first phase of the vaccination programme will prioritize healthcare workers in both public and private health facilities, this he added, is in line with global best practices where front-line healthworkers and other associated health personnel are given priority.
The Governor said, “subsequent phases of the vaccination campaign will target persons above 50 years of age, those with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and asthma”.
He vouched for the safety and efficacy of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, saying “My decision, and that of other senior government officials to take the vaccine in this phase is to demonstrate confidence in the safety and efficacy of the vaccination programme”.
Governor Yahaya said his administration will continue to accord great priority to the health of its citizens, saying as the Governor of the State he has the responsibilty to ensure that the health and wellbeing of the people in the state is given the needed attention.
“Gombe State is among the best states across the country that worked tirelessly to curb the spread of Covid-19 among its people. My Government has establised six isolation centers and built a standard molecular diagnostic laboratory in the fight against covid-19, the rapid response team have also been supported with logistics to conduct there activities across the state”.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya therefore urged political office holders, religious and traditional leaders to support the implementation of Covid-19 vaccination across all the local government areas in the State.
“The State has received a total of 71,340 doses of the vaccines from the Federal Government through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, the vaccines have been found to be very safe and certified by the WHO at the international level and NAFDAC here in the Nigeria”.
The Governor said as people of faith, it is fact that healing and protection come from God alone, but that both Islam and Christianity also commanded their adherents to take medications and other precautions during periods of ill-health. He emphasized that “vaccinations, just like in the past, have proven to be effective in reducing morbidities and mortalities among our people”.