…WHO recognises Osun as one of the 8 leading states
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that Osun is one of the eight leading States in Nigeria in terms of Covid-19 vaccination.
WHO praised Governor Adegboyega Oyetola’s administration for prioritizing the health of the people of the state, promising to assist the state in conducting enough vaccination campaigns to guarantee that all citizens and residents get vaccinated.
This comes as Governor Oyetola launched a mass immunization campaign in the state to combat the deadly Covid-19 pandemic, revealing that another batch of 2 million vaccine shots had been made accessible to residents.
Dr. Bello Ahmed, the Osun State Coordinator for the World Health Organization (WHO), addressed the crowd at the flag-off ceremony held at Nelson Mandela Freedom Park in Osogbo and said the support was due to the state’s commitment to providing quality and functional healthcare across the state’s nooks and crannies.
“We are very happy that Osun is holding this flag- off. We are proud of the government for its commitment to ensuring adequate healthcare delivery.
“Osun is among the 8 leading States in Covid-19 vaccination, and for the mass vaccination campaign, the World Health Organisation is supporting all the 8 leading states,” he added.
Flagging off the mass vaccination campaign, Oyetola said the initiative was necessary as part of efforts to curb the scourge and rid Osun of the menace.
He also said that the government had vaccinated about 300,000 people.
“This is another measure being put in place to reduce the COVID-19 evil in our dear State,” Governor Oyetola said, represented by his Deputy, Mr. Benedict Alabi.
He urged citizens and residents to take full advantage of the opportunity to be vaccinated, and he pleaded with community leaders, stakeholders, women, and religious leaders to help mobilize all eligible persons to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, which has been tested and found to be reliable, safe, and effective.
“We took delivery of the first set of Covid 19 Vaccines, 64,240 doses of Astra Zeneca, on the night of Tuesday, 9th March 2021.
“The Health Workers at the Isolation Centre, followed by Mr. Governor was the first to take the vaccines on Wednesday, 10th March. This set the pace for the vaccination of health workers and other frontlines in the State, at no cost to the recipients.
“We took delivery of 47,900 doses of the Moderna vaccine and had the Flag Off Ceremony on the 24th of August this year.
“In my speech on that occasion, I did promise that the Federal Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) were making efforts to get the vaccines for the rest of the populace.
“I am happy to announce that about 2 million doses of Covid Vaccines have been allocated to the State and all eligible persons that are yet to be vaccinated now have access to the vaccines.
“With our total population standing at over 5Million, and about 50% of this being in the 18 years and above age bracket, the greater part of the target population is yet to be vaccinated.
“Our health workers, as well as ad-hoc staff, have been specially trained for this purpose.
“Fixed Posts at our primary, secondary, and tertiary health facilities, including outreach Posts in places outside the health facilities and special locations like Churches, Mosques, Markets, and Malls will be used.
“I, therefore, enjoin all the good people of Osun of ages 18 and above who are either partially vaccinated or yet to be vaccinated to take advantage of this opportunity,” he added.
Hon. Adeleke Oyeleke Ogunsola, Executive Chairman, Osun State Primary Healthcare Board, said the performance of Governor Oyetola’s administration in all sectors has been nothing short of spectacular, particularly in the domain of health, with a strong focus on healthcare delivery at the grassroots.
He said, “Mr. Governor never gets tired of our incessant needs, always granting prompt approval to requests for counterpart funds for all our health programs among other things.
“Our State has been involved in vaccination against the deadly Covid-19 since the 10th of March this year. The immense support being given to healthcare delivery in general and the Covid-19 vaccination specifically, coupled with the energetic and enthusiastic approach of the health workers, had placed our State among the top three best performing States in the Covid-19 vaccination exercise.”
Dr. Modupeola Oyesiji of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) and Mr. Chima Orji of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in separate speeches, advised residents to be vaccinated and to begin spreading the vaccination gospel across the State’s nooks and crannies.
Prince Wole Oyebamiji, the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, the Commissioner for Health, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Dr. Siji Olamiju, market women leaders, and craftsmen were among those who attended the event.