From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
Residents of Kano state have shunned COVID-19 vaccination, exactly a week after launching the exercise by the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
Recall that the state government, on March 9th, received 209,520 doses of the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine from the federal government.
However, observation by PEOPLES DAILY has shown that there was total apathy to the exercise by residents of Kano, the second most populous state in Nigeria.
Our observation had shown that most of the designated vaccinated centres were found to be empty when visited by a team of journalists yesterday.
At the designated Centre, situated at Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital popularly known as Nasarawa Hospital, there was some compliance from people according to the two Medical doctors that spoke under anonymity.
The doctors said “ We have vaccinated many people here and even yesterday (Wednesday) we have done so to many and as Iam talking to you now, the vaccination team are at emir palace “.
However, when the journalists visited the Emir’s palace, the vaccination team were said to have administered the vaccine to some traditional rulers.
Also, palace officials said the team after their duties had gone to Walin Kano’s house to administer the vaccine on him and his family but other residents in the palace refused to show up to receive the shot.
At Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital Kano, the designated Centre was also found to be deserted by both the health officials and the people who would supposedly take the jab.
A female health worker told the team of reporters that the vaccination team was able to vaccinate only 10 persons who presented their international passports as the server had refused to open for people wishing to register for the vaccination online, due to what she called network problems from the registration portal.
The female health worker, who spoke under condition of anonymity, said following the refusal of the server to open, many people could not register online and this has seriously affected the exercise.
All efforts to contact the state Commissioner for health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa failed .
Recall that Kano State Government has received 209,520 doses of COVID-19 vaccines and also designated 509 centres across the state for the vaccination.