*Kano targets 70% Population
By Usman Usman Garba
In line with the global COVID-19 vaccination exercise, as flaged-off by President Muhammadu Buhari in the country, Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State will flag-off the exercise in Kano, today, at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano.
At exactly 2: 49pm Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje vaccinated for COVID-19, at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano.
It was administered to him by his personal Physician, Dr Fakhraddeen Yahaya Muhammad, in the presence of some members of the State Executive Council, representative of Kano Emirate, frontline health workers, a select of development partners and other critical stakeholders.
This marks the beginning of vaccination exercise in the state. Before today’s event, two days back, the governor had series of sensitisation/stakeholders meetings with different sections of stakeholders, ranging from security agencies, health professionals and others.
After fulfilling some conditions for receiving COVID-19 Vaccine and effort in the fight against the pandemic, the state is enlisted amongst the states that received the vaccine at early stage of distribution.
Barely two days ago, the state Commissioner of Health, Dr Ibrahim Aminu Tsanyawa received the first batch of the Vaccine through Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, on behalf of the Governor.
He received 209,520 doses of the vaccine on behalf of the governor for the state.
In another development, Governor Ganduje revealed that the state targets 70 percent of the state population for the vaccination, as phases of the exercise go by.
He made the revelation last night, Wednesday, at Africa House, Government House, Kano, during sensitisation/stakeholders meeting with members of the academia and students leaders in the state.
“We know you are very effective and efficient vehicles in disseminating our message to members of your academic communities and the society in general,” he said.
Adding that “Our target is to get 70 percent of our population to get vaccinated. We have no time to sleep. We have no time to waste. That is why we are elected, anyway. We are not doing any favour to anybody.”
Governor Ganduje earlier in his remarks at the meeting had praised President Buhari for securing the Vaccine from abroad.
“We are inviting you for this meeting because we take you so dear to our heart. It is not only you that we are meeting for the same purpose. We have started with the security agencies, followed by health professionals and we had similar meeting with traditional leaders and religious leaders.
Just before you came in we had similar meeting with local government chairmen and leaders of transporters and leaders of our markets. The meeting will be held with many categories of the society,” he disclosed.