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COVID-19: Enugu Govt Moves To Vaccinate All Health Workers, Others

The Enugu State Government says it has concluded plans to vaccinate all health workers and members of the public against COVID-19.
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Executive Secretary of Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA),Dr George Ugwu, disclosed this to newsmen in Enugu on Sunday.

Recall that the state government took delivery of 65,400 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Abuja last week.
The state government, through the ENS-PHCDA gave the first jab of doses of the vaccine to frontline health workers at the Enugu State Isolation and Treatment Centre, Enugu, on March 12.

According to Ugwu, the state had trained and prepared 102 vaccination teams for the first batch of the vaccination, which would cut-across all health workers, selected strategic leaders and some other highly vulnerable people.

He explained that health workers, who are front-line workers on issues of COVID-19, would be the first to primarily receive the vaccines in this first batch.

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He said that the vaccination would further extend to everybody in the state as subsequent batches of the vaccine arrive from NPHCDA, Abuja, adding that the first batch of vaccines had since been moved directly to the state cold-chain store to preserve its efficacy.

“We have ensured maximum power supply; made provision for alternative solar-powered electricity supply to the cold chain store, usually used in storing vaccines, to ensure that the efficacy of the vaccines are maintained” he said.

He noted that the state government was collaborating with council chairmen to provide enough security for the vaccines as well as vaccinating teams that would move around to give the vaccination to health workers.

“As it is, we are leaving no stone unturned. We will never compromise on issues of the efficacy of the vaccines as well as its security.

“As well, the security of the vaccination team to carry it on cold packs from one point to another in the 17 council areas and ward levels,’’ he said.

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Ugwu, however, lauded Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for supporting the ENS-PHCDA financially to overcome challenges of COVID-19 vaccination and preparing the Agency and its workers ahead of time.

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