1.5 million targeted as FCTA flags off vaccination against COVID-19
Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), yesterday, flagged off mass vaccination against spread of COVID-19, targeting over 1.5 million residents across six area councils.
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, while performing the take-off at Old Parade Ground, Abuja, said rapid spread of the virus highlights need for aggressive response to protect residents of the territory.
She assured residents that the administration is taking up the challenge of boosting routine immunisation, diseases surveillance, outbreak preparedness and response services, as well as strengthening the primary health care scheme implementation in the FCT.
Aliyu revealed the receipt of donated high quality medical equipment worth over $700,000 would also enhance healthcare delivery.
She noted: “The disease continues to spread worldwide at an alarming rate, demanding decisive and stringent actions. Vaccination with safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is a critical part of FCT strategy to control the pandemic.”
FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, said the administration will continue to enforce the ‘no mask no entry’ policy at public places, including regular hand washing or use of sanitisers with not less than 70 per cent alcohol base in all public places.
Represented by Director of Operations, Planning and Strategy, Mr. Samuel Atang, the Permanent Secretary called on staff and residents of the territory to take the campaign seriously by making themselves, family members and friends available.