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FCTA flags off COVID-19 vaccination, declares it safe

Mar, 2021 | By Austine Elemue | ||

Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has flagged off COVID-19 vaccination for residents of the Territory, just as she declared the safety of the vaccine. Performing the exercise at Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja, the Minister noted that the launch was the single largest vaccination programme ever in FCT, to herald decisive victory over the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that Abuja being the seat of the Federal Government and melting pot of the nation has been challenged by the pandemic.

She stated that in readiness for the vaccination, the FCT Administration (FCTA), through its Primary Healthcare Board and partners, completed a cold chain preparedness assessment and trained all members of the 65 vaccination teams, adding that the FCT can safely store, deliver and administer the vaccines required to immunize all residents in this first phase of the vaccination.

Aliyu noted that FCTA had in the past led the way in several vaccination campaigns against diseases such as polio, measles and meningitis, assuring that the current exercise would not be different as the Administration was committed to ensuring that the FCT serves as an example to other states in surpassing all COVID-19 vaccination targets. She said: "The FCTA will resolutely enforce all the National Guidelines and ensure that all stages of the vaccine roll-out are equitably and fairly implemented and all the 227,480 doses received are accounted for.

"For a start, vaccination roll-out is expected from today for frontline health and non-health workers in all private and public COVID-19 isolation centres, treatment and laboratory centres in the FCT. Other health workers, strategic leaders, military and paramilitary, as well as FCTA/FCDA personnel will continue to receive theirs over the next 10-day work period. We may consider an extension of time for catch-up for those who may miss their appointments."

Earlier in his remarks, FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, urged residents of FCT to avail themselves of the opportunity to ensure that they are vaccinated as the leadership of the Administration would continue to promote unhindered and stress-free access to its citizenry to get vaccinated According to him, "the Administration will advise and continue to ensure strict compliance to the COVID-19 protocols. As it's always advised, prevention is better than cure. We will therefore continue to advocate and enforce the existing protocols to ensure the safety of our teeming populace. You can be assured the leadership will not relent in its determination towards the welfare of the citizenry of the FCT." The highpoint of the occasion was the vaccination of frontline health workers and other dignitaries.

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Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has flagged off COVID-19 vaccination for residents of the Territory, just as she declared the safety of the vaccine.

Seven state Governors and one Deputy Governor graced the unveiling ceremony which was performed during the Nigerien President's visit to Nigeria. The unveiling was performed by the visiting President himself last week.

Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who flagged off the programme last week in Gwagwalada, affirmed that the initiative was a strategy to enhance social inclusion.


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