From Chuma Austin,
To stem the rise in coronavirus pandemic in Enugu State, the government has said it has started rolling out COVID-19 vaccines to the 17 Local Government Areas of the state to ensure that health workers, strategic leaders and highly vulnerable get their jabs.
Executive Secretary of the Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA), Dr. George Ugwu told newsmen on Sunday that the vaccination exercise would last 10 days.
It would be recalled that about 12 days ago, the state government received 65,400 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Abuja. The state, through its ENS-PHCDA, had trained and prepared 102 vaccination teams, which comprises of over 450 Primary Health Care (PHC) workers and health educators for this first batch of vaccination.
Ugwu noted that the vaccines had a successful launch in the state and had been embraced by key/strategic leaders of the state.
“The State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, his deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, the state Chief Judge, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, House members, traditional rulers, all Chief Medical Directors of government-owned hospitals and frontline workers at the COVID-19 isolation centres received their jabs publicly.
“This is to reassure our people that the vaccine is safe, secured and effective; with no side effect, adding that what the whole world, national and state governments are doing is not a joke.
“I can confirm to you that all that have received the doses of the vaccine in the state, about 100 people, no one of them had complained of any counter-reaction for the past eight days running.