ENUGU — Out of the four million and eighty thousand (4,000,080) doses of Moderna vaccine and six hundred and ninety-nine thousand, seven hundred and sixty (699,760) doses of AstraZeneca vaccines donated by the United States of America and the United Kingdom respectively, the National Primary Health Care and Development Agency has released sixty thousand and sixty doses (60,060) of Moderna vaccines and thirteen thousand, four hundred and sixteen (13,416) doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to Enugu State Government for the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination.
Flagging off the 2nd phase of the vaccination at the ESUT Teaching Hospital Parklane, Enugu, the Executive Secretary, Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA), Dr. George Ugwu revealed that the Moderna vaccines will be used on those receiving 1st dose while the AstraZeneca vaccines are used to complete the 2nd dose for citizens who during the first phase exercise received only the first dose; administration of AstraZeneca Vaccine will commence on the 25th of August and close on 5th of September (NPHCDA).
Ugwu further revealed that 1,200 health workers were trained to ensure effective coverage of the second phase of the vaccination in all the designated Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and General Hospitals across the 17 local government areas of the state; effective cold chain mechanisms are available in all the LGAs to preserve the vaccines for efficacy.
“Mobile health teams will also visit Churches and markets to ensure that every citizen is reached,” the Secretary said.
This is in keeping with the ED/CEO NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib’s directives that while 2690 teams of health workers mans the fixed posts, 673 will man the temporarily fixed post for strategic vaccination of citizens in this second phase.
In Enugu, a team was seen in a popular mall, Polo Park mall setting up a stand for the vaccination.
The flag-off ceremony was performed by the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo; She enjoined the people of Enugu State to get vaccinated and observe the non-pharmaceutical methods of preventing the spread of the virus, such as wearing of facemask, regular washing of hands with soap and running water and observing of social distancing protocol, among others.
Speaking also at the event is the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Emmanuel Ikechukwu Obi, who reiterated the safety of the vaccines and urged those who have not been vaccinated or completed the second dosage in the first phase to do so, accordingly.
Others present at the flag-off ceremony are Dr. Miriam Ajuba ESUT Teaching Hospital; Sir Philip Ugwueze, the State Coordinator National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA); Dr. Ada Erinne State Coordinator World Health Organization (WHO), and Dr. Ibrahim Conte UNICEF Enugu amongst others.
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