Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma on Friday flagged-off the administration of Covid-19 vaccination and commended the Federal Government for the approval of the vaccine.
Performing the flagging-off ceremony at Imo State Primary Health Development Agency ISPHCDA along Umuguma Road New Owerri, the Governor noted that Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine was confirmed all over the world as the most safe, effective and permanent solution to the dreaded virus covid-19.
In his bid to show leadership by example and proof to the people the safety of the vaccine, Governor Uzodimma, his wife Barr. Chioma Uzodimma, Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku and his wife, Bola, got instant vaccination
Also, the Speaker Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem, the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Amara Chyna Iwuanyanwu, the Ag. Chief Judge, Justice Ijeoma Aguguo as well as frontline workers in the State were also administered with the Astrazeneca vaccine against covid-19.
Governor Uzodimma said: “If there is anyone who doesn’t want to die it is me. I want to give confidence to my people. I want them to see that government means well. I and my wife, Deputy Governor and his wife will take the vaccine right here today.”
The Governor encouraged the people to make themselves available for the administration of the vaccine because it is being administered all over the world to citizens as the only solution to Covid-19 coupled with the preventive measures of regular hand washing, wearing of face mask, sanitizing and keeping social distancing.
Earlier in her address, the Executive Secretary, Imo State Primary Health Care Development Agency, ISPHCDA Rev. Sr. Maria-Joaness Uzoma thanked the Governor for all the efforts at uplifting the Primary Health Care Sector, provision of official vehicles, ambulances and other amenities needed for the smooth running of the Agency.
Speaking also, the representative of the World Health Organization on behalf of all partners appreciated Governor Uzodimma for his support in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic in Imo State and said that the approval of the vaccine in Nigeria is a major step in the fight against the pandemic.
They said they will continue to support the Government technically to ensure that the vaccine reaches the targeted audience.
He informed that the first phase of the vaccination was targeted at frontline personnel, including health workers, security agents, petrol station staff and laboratory technicians and those in leadership positions.
He further said that the vaccine administration will be available only through approved government channels accredited for the programme, and stressed that registration will be made before vaccination while certificate will be given after administration
Adding her voice, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Damaris Osunkwo commended the Governor for his love for Imo people and efforts in ensuring that Imo is among the states that received the vaccine in this first phase.
She stressed the need to sensitize and educate people on the safety of the vaccine as it is the effective means of preventing the covid-19.
Highlight of the event was the commissioning of Imo State Primary Health Care Development Agency, ISPHCDA permanent office by Governor Uzodimma.