By Usman Usman Garba
*Sensitisation begins with security agencies
*To administer vaccine in 4 phases
For effective administering of COVID-19 vaccine in Kano slState, Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has kicked-off sensitisation of stakeholders with the security agencies, being one of the categories of frontline population.
The sensitisation meeting was held at Ante-Chamber, Government House, Kano, today, with the participation of heads of security agencies, like Police, Army, Airforce, Nigerian Civil Defense, Immigration Services, Correctional Centres, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, Department of State Security, State Hisbah Board, among others.
During the meeting Governor Ganduje revealed that, “COVID-19 vaccine will follow the same pattern on how to reach the public, with what was obtained during Polio vaccine. We also need to follow the same pattern with that of our effort during the first wave of the COVID-19.
“Our health workers are well trained for that. As they are recognized to be one of the best in the country. They performed wonderfully well before and during the first wave of the pandemic. They are still sustaining the tempo,” he assured.
Governor Ganduje assured that all categories of people would be involved in the sensitisation programmes, that would follow with intervals. The second category for the sensitisation meeting after security agencies, are health related professional associations.
He assured that, the state government, alongside all the stakeholders, would do their best to see that “…during this last lap of the fight against COVID-19, we win the fight again. In fact we are ready for this stage, the final stage.”
In his presentation, captioned ‘COVID-19 Vaccine : Roll Out Plan in Kano State,’ the Lead of the state Technical Response Team, Dr. Tijjani Hussaini, disclosed that “In Kano we have identified 509 health facilities, that will be use as COVID-19 vaccination centres.
, “We will use Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Muhammadu Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital and Dala Orthopedic Hospital as beginning,” he explained.
Dr Hussaini hinted that, there would be four phases for the proposed vaccination exercise in the state, explaining that, “The first phase will focus on frontline health workers, the second phase focuses on the remaining health workers and people above 50 years, the third phase will focus on people with underlying health issues and the fourth phase will focus on other target population.”
He emphasised the need for people to come forth and register online, so that federal government could make vaccine as available as possible for the state. He gave out the link as http://t.co/85Rj6MbZYU.
In his presentation, a renown Professor of Public Health, Mukhtar Gandanya, from Bayero University, Kano, titled: ‘COVID-19 Vaccine : Facts, Misconception and Myths,’ he scientifically explained that, the vaccine are safe and debunked all rumours surrounding its safety.