Health

March 11, 2021

Taraba receive 56,250 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Uganda will import five million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines next month after the discovery of new COVID-19 variants in the country, President Yoweri Museveni has said. In a televised address to the nation late Friday, Museveni said the vaccines will be used to vaccinate at least 80 per cent of the 5.5 million elderly. People below 50 years, with underlying medical conditions that are at high risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, will also be vaccinated. Uganda targets to vaccinate more than 21.9 million people who face the highest risk of the infection, including the health workers, teachers, social workers and security personnel, elderly and those with underlying medical conditions. “The government is working hard to ensure we bring another five million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine before the end of May to complete the threshold vaccination and ensure that those vaccinated before getting the second booster dose,’’ said Museveni. “Vaccines are the most effective intervention we have against COVID-19. “The government and partners are working hard to bring vaccines to most adult Ugandans to protect them and to support us to reopen the economy and get back all our children to school.’’ Henry Mwebesa, Director-General of Health Services, last week said Uganda is scheduled to receive some two million more doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines in May through the COVAX facility. Uganda has so far received 964,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX vaccine sharing programme and the Indian government. As of April 16, a total of 220,893 people had been inoculated with the first jab of AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19, according to the Ministry of Health statistics. The country has reported the emergence of the highly transmissible COVID-19 variants which were first reported in Britain, South Africa and Nigeria. The ministry’s data showed that as of April 16, Uganda had registered a cumulative total of 41,340 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 40,898 recoveries and 338 deaths.

By Femi Bolaji

Taraba state has taken delivery of 56,250 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine. The vaccine arrived the premises of Taraba State Primary Health Care Development Agency, TSPHCDA, at exactly 10am.

The Director of the agency for Immunization and disease control, Dr Kenneth Tijos, who presenter the vaccine to the state government, said the state’s consignment come into the state through the Yola international airport.

The Permanent Secretary of the state ministry of health, Ebenezer Apake appreciated front line health workers in the state for their resilience all through the period of the pandemic.

He was also optimistic that administering the vaccine for all Nigerians would ensure the world goes back to normal.

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He also enjoined residents of the state to continually maintain all preventive measures outlined by the World Health Organization, WHO.

The Executive Secretary of TSPHDA, Aminu Jauro, thanked the federal government for the timely delivery of the vaccines.

Other items that were delivered with the vaccines include safety syringes, safety boxes and adhesive plasters.

Vanguard News Nigeria