From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Kogi State government on Thursday disclosed that it has recorded over 100 per cent success in administration of the first dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines which began on the 6th of April, 2021.
The Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Haruna Saka who revealed this at the Flagg Off of the Second dose of COVID-19 Vaccines in Lokoja, said that the state during the first exercise recorded the least wastage rate.
The Commissioner who was represented by Dr. Francis Akpa, Director Public Health Care, expressed appreciation to the vaccines consortium in its efforts to containing the ravaging scourge of the COVID-19.
He appealed to citizens of the state who have taken the first dose to make themselves available at all health facilities across the state for the second dose, described it safe and free.
He said the next phase involving all categories of persons would begin after the completion of the administration of the second dose, Commended the Frontline workers for their painstaking efforts in meeting the set target.
Speaking at the occasion, the Executive Director, Kogi Primary Health Development Agency, Dr Abubakar Yakubu, said the state received 43,900 doses of the Vaccines representing 4,390 vials, disclosed that 31960 doses were administered to 26,665 persons.
Dr. Abubakar said that the state recorded 102% of the target population, said only 14% of wastage rate was recorded by the state.
The Director explained that the state adopted best practices to achieve the significant result, expressed satisfaction that despite the conspiracy theory no untold effect and any side effect after administering the vaccines across the state.
Dr. Abubakar Commended those in the Frontline administering the vaccines, said despite the increase of the vaccines from 16000 to 22000, the men rose to the occasion and leveled up within a week.