From Supo Taiwo, Ado Ekiti
Governor Kayode Fayemi, was the first citizen in the state to get the jab a fortnight ago.
17, 000 persons have been vaccinated in Ekiti state at at Sunday, March 28.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Oyebanji Filani, who disclosed this in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, during a press conference, stated that the level the state has reached in administering the vaccine was commendable, given that of the recipients it was only one that required observation.
He said a total of 96 medical teams have been despatched across the 16 local government areas of the state primarily to ensure people at the grassroots level benefit from the vaccination.
He said, “This milestone reached in a short time shows that the vaccine has been well received by members of the public. A large and growing number of people have also indicated interest in taking the vaccine.
“We are building on this momentum by strengthening the capacity of our health systems to provide more coverage and protect our people against the COVID-19 virus.
“At the start of the public vaccination, we despatched 78 medical teams. But we have added additional 18 to make it 96, because we have reached the local government level now.
” So far we have not experienced serious adverse effect except one recipient that is under monitoring. We are confident that the vaccine is safe.
“It is free completely, we are not charging anybody. In all secondary facilities, we have the COVID- 19 vaccine kits where those with adverse signs can be referred for immediate treatment”, he added.
Filani stated further that the Governor Fayemi-led administration is committed to free health services for the masses, saying over 30,000 have registered for State Health Insurance Scheme (SHIS) to get subsidised healthcare service.