Obaseki assures elderly persons of quality healthcare services
CoDA to unveil team on COVID-19 vaccines production in Africa
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has reassured elderly persons in the state of unfettered access to efficient, affordable and quality healthcare services, noting that his administration is committed to the preventive healthcare and medical needs of senior citizens.
He gave the assurance at commemoration of the 2021 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day with the theme: Access To Justice, marked on June 15 every year by the United Nations (UN) and its partners.
Obaseki, who expressed concern over the impact of coronavirus on the aged population, urged citizens to continue to observe all health and safety precautions to check the spread of the virus and protect the elderly, who account for over 50 per cent of COVID-19-related deaths in the state.
On the protection of the elderly amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he said: “As a government, we are resolute to ensure the protection of the state’s aged population, who are most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic, as their lives matter so much to us.
“We must continue to comply with all preventive protocols against the spread of the virus, including wearing face masks, hand washing and physical distancing, to ensure the health and safety of our aged population.”
BESIDES, as part of efforts aimed to generate demand for vaccine development, production and distribution in Africa, the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA), yesterday, disclosed that it was organising the Independent Task Team on Equitable and Universal Access to Vaccines and Vaccination on the continent.
The group disclosed this in a statement issued by its Communications Consultant to Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA) African Union Commission in Benin City.
“On 21 June 21, 2021, CoDA will unveil the Independent Task Team on the Development of Vaccines and Equitable, Universal Access to Vaccines and Vaccination in Africa at the Igbinedion University Okada (IUO),” it said.
“The purpose of the team is to support efforts of researchers, the private sector and civil society in policy making to generate demand for vaccine development, production and distribution in Africa.
“The event will witness the gathering of some high-level guests from different parts of Africa, journalists and other professionals in creating awareness for vaccines production in Africa,” the statement added.