CMD urges graduands to be COVID-19 vaccine ambassadors
The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof. Chris Bode, has tasked graduating students of the institution to be COVID-19 vaccine’s ambassadors in support of fight against the pandemic.
He made this call yesterday at the 2021 joint graduation ceremony and prize presentation held at hospital premises Idi-Araba, Lagos, where the institution graduated 589 students of 2019/2020 academic sessions.
Represented by Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, LUTH, Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, the CMD stated that students were part of LUTH workforce team who volunteered themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic, hence qualified to vaccinate people in their various communities.
Bode said in early days at the peak of pandemic, the hospital announced that it needed volunteers among members of staff to be trained as COVID-19 responders and about 120 people indicated interest and were trained.
He hinted that with the donations from Nigeria Centre for Diseases and Control (NCDC), and the Federal Government, the availability of the 120-bed ward, and the trained COVID-19 volunteer team all in place, the hospital admitted its first four patients into the COVID-19 isolation ward, adding that ever since then the students who were graduating have been working together with the COVID-19 volunteer team.
Keynote Speaker at the event Prof. Njideka Okubadejo, said there are myths and misconceptions against COVID-19 vaccine, saying that it has negative effects on the exercise but the vaccine is safe.
She lamented that some people refused to take the vaccine because of their religious and ethnic believes, adding that it is important because no one can travel outside the country without been vaccinated.
The Guest of Honour, Prof. Lucian Obinna Chukwu, said the graduation ceremony was a thing of joy as not everybody who started the programme graduated; those graduating ones have passed through the learning and in character.
He, however, tasked graduating students who participated at the event through online to make out time to celebrate with their friends and family members.
He said: “As you are graduating today, you continue to learn because learning is a continuous process and abide by the ethics of the profession as well as maintaining good character and behavior in your various places of work.”