Edo vaccinates 26,000 persons, to complete first phase before April 2
UBTH immunises 2, 200 staff members as NDDC donates vaccines to N’Delta states
Edo State Government has intensified the vaccination of residents across the state’s 18 local government councils, vaccinating 26,072 persons with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in two weeks of the first phase of the vaccination exercise.
Executive Secretary of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Julie Erhabor, disclosed this during the daily meeting of the State COVID-19 Taskforce, presided by Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Erhabor noted that the state has vaccinated 26,072 persons cumulatively and 3,355 persons in the last 24 hours, including healthcare and frontline workers.
She said the 26,072 persons who have been vaccinated so far, represent 64.3 per cent of the 40, 540 people targeted for the exercise, maintaining that the state government had intensified efforts to ensure that all eligible members of the public were vaccinated.
Erhabor disclosed that those so far vaccinated include 6, 078 healthcare workers, 7,607 strategic leaders and 12, 387 other frontline workers in the 18 councils of the state.
The state’s COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed in the last 24 hours, the state collected 156 samples and recorded no fresh case, five recoveries, zero death, while 14 active cases are being managed at various isolation and treatment facilities.
He reassured that Edo intensifying efforts to ensure that the state completes the first phase of the exercise before commencement of the National Sports Festival on April 2, 2020.
BESIDES, the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), yesterday, said it inoculated 2, 200 members of staff since the institution commenced vaccination last week.
Its Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof. Darlington Obaseki, disclosed this when the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, visited to the institution.
Obaseki noted that since the first case was reported in the hospital on March 28, 2021, the hospital had carried out 7, 369 tests, while 1,080 confirmed cases had been treated.
MEANWHILE, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has commenced the distribution of vaccines, cold chains and other medical equipment to the nine states of the Niger Delta region.
NDDC Interim Administrator, Effiong Akwa, who spoke at the unveiling ceremony at the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board, Port Harcourt, said the intervention underscored the importance of ensuring good healthcare for communities in the region.
In a statement issued by Director, Corporate Affairs, Dr. Ibitoye Abosede, he noted that the typhoid vaccines were important for safeguarding the health of the Niger Delta people and Nigerians.
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