Enugu State Authorities alongside Ebonyi and Anambra states, on Thursday, took supply of the primary batch of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the Nationwide Main Well being Care Improvement Company (NPHCDA), on the Akanu Ibiam Worldwide Airport, Enugu.
The vaccines for Enugu State, which arrived the Enugu airport at about 2:50pm, by means of Allied Air, have been obtained on behalf of the state authorities by the Commissioner for Well being, Dr. Emmanuel Ikechukwu Obi, the Everlasting Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Ifeanyi Agujiobi, the Govt Secretary, Enugu State Main Healthcare Improvement Company, Dr. George Ugwu, and heads of Improvement Companions within the state, corresponding to World Well being Group (WHO) and UNICEF, amongst others.
Chatting with newsmen, the Enugu State Well being Commissioner, Dr. Obi, mentioned that the state authorities feels extremely delighted that the long-awaited vaccines have arrived the state.
Dr. Obi mentioned that the state’s well being sector is grateful to the Federal Authorities, its businesses particularly the NPHCDA, the Enugu State authorities, its Improvement Companions, and all people who have made it attainable, stressing that “seeing and touching is believing”.
He harassed that it was a factor of pleasure that one of many measures for stemming the tide of COVID-19 has arrived Enugu State, including that “the contingents to obtain Enugu State’s vaccines are all on floor”.
The Well being Commissioner, subsequently, inspired the folks of Enugu State that “that is actual; this can be a measure in opposition to COVID-19; it’s right here to remain and our folks ought to embrace these measures which might be getting used to stem the tide of COVID-19”.
Disclosing that the Enugu State authorities has supplied the wanted logistics for administering the vaccines, corresponding to well being personnel, safety and storage amenities, the Commissioner suggested residents of the state to not relent in strictly observing different precautionary measures for the containment of the pandemic corresponding to use of facemasks, washing of palms with cleaning soap and operating water and observing of social distancing.
He revealed that vaccination will happen in 4 phases, explaining that the primary part will likely be administered successfully to well being frontline employees, aged folks with underlying sicknesses, and a few key stakeholders within the state, amongst others “as already recognized and introduced within the information”.
Dr. Obi assured that every one those that are certified to obtain the vaccines will likely be vaccinated on the finish of the 4 phases, mentioning that “it is freed from cost”.
Additionally talking, the Govt Secretary of Enugu State Main Well being Care Improvement Company, Dr. Ugwu, reassured that the company is prepared and has the mandatory cool-chain gear to ship the vaccines to the residents of the state.