Edo government seeks partnership on hesitancy, others over COVID-19 vaccination
Confirms death of three persons as infections rise to 57
Edo State Government has sought the collaboration and assistance of health professionals to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and improve acceptance of vaccines among health workers and other residents of the state.
Edo State Head of Service (HoS), Anthony Okungbowa, made the appeal when he played host to the executive members of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN), Edo State branch, who visited the Government House, Benin City.
Okungbowa, who decried the rising infections and deaths from the virus, solicited the support of health workers to increase vaccine uptake to protect the citizens against the virus.
Reassuring the government’s commitment to containing the pandemic, the HOS urged all residents to complement government’s efforts at defeating the pandemic by coming out to take the vaccines, noting that the vaccines are the safest means to ensure the people are protected.
He stated that the vaccines were free, safe and effective, adding that in addition to getting vaccinated, residents should ensure strict compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions to contain the pandemic and protect citizens against the COVID-19 virus.
Earlier, Chairman of Edo AMLSN, Nosakhare Lawrence Idemudia, commended the government’s efforts at ensuring that majority of Edo people get vaccinated and protected against the deadly virus.
MEANWHILE, Edo State has confirmed the death of three persons, who were not vaccinated against COVID-19, amid efforts to vaccinate more citizens against the deadly virus.
Incident Manager of the State COVID-19 Task Force, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this after its daily virtual meeting presided over by Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Obi said the three new deaths reported from the Stella Obasanjo Hospital and Irrua Specialist Hospital raised the number of deaths to 57.