Following Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki’s vaccination against yellow fever, residents in the 18 local government areas have besieged health centers to get doses of the vaccine, which will protect them from the disease.
It can be recalled that Governor Obaseki last week received a dose of the vaccine after the state’s Executive Council (EXCO) weekly meeting, where he commended the Federal Ministry of Health for the prompt delivery of three million doses of the vaccine in response to the outbreak of yellow fever in the state. Checks at health centers across the state indicate that after the governor’s action and with increased awareness on the need for vaccination, residents have taken up the challenge to also get vaccinated against the disease. A source, Mr. Igboka Felix, said he never expected the process to be as easy and stress-free, noting that he decided to get the vaccine after relentless calls by the state government on the need to get vaccinated.
According to him, “I just got the vaccine. With the way it is going, I think the concerned agencies are doing a good job. Everything went smoothly. It is a good initiative for them to come here, especially for those of us who have less time to visit health centers to be vaccinated.”
The Head Vaccinator, Mrs Constance Osayi expressed
satisfaction with the process, noting that the turnout was impressive, as more
people have become aware of the danger of not getting vaccinated. Mrs. Osayi,
however, warned that the vaccine cannot be administered on pregnant women,
infants below nine months old, and people on anti-retroviral drugs.
Another source, John Iyamu, who got the vaccine
at a Primary Health Center in Auchi, said he didn’t consider taking the vaccine
as top priority until he saw the governor on the television being administered
with the vaccine. In Edo Central Senatorial District, residents are responding
to calls to be vaccinated as many were seen taking shots of the vaccine at
designated health centers.
Governor Obaseki said that the state government had provided logistics to get the vaccine to every part of the state, especially where the outbreak of the disease occurred.