Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the Lagos State government may possibly commence the administering of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday.
Mr Sanwo-Olu said this on Wednesday when the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Nigeria, Walter Mulombo, paid him a courtesy visit at Lagos House, Ikeja.
He said the Federal Government had given the state a total of 507,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and that plans were in place to begin administering.
”We are truly grateful that they (Federal Government) can give us that number. We want a lot more.
“We have the Vaccine Steering Committee that we have put in place, which has both the private sector and public sector practitioners.
”They have designed a robust vaccine implementation strategy, and identified the various levels of our citizens and what order we are going to be administering the doses that we have.
”With all of that now and working with the Primary Health Board at the state level, we will start administering it, may be from tomorrow or as they planned.
”We have a robust process that shows we are ready and capable to administer those things in the days, weeks and months ahead.
”We need to explain to our citizens and help them see that indeed, the vaccine is needed, helpful and will help the level of resistance, especially the first-line health workers, those with underlining health issues and the senior citizens among us,” Sanwo-Olu said.
He said that COVID-19 came at a time the world did not have a clear understanding of the consequences but that Lagos State was able to respond early enough.
”The whole idea is that you will not wait for the problem to come. You anticipate the problem and build the capacity, so that when it finally comes, you have the response.
”Now the second wave appears to have flattened, we are watching, we are not stopping at the level of tests that we need to conduct; we still have isolation centres that need to be treated.
”We still have oxygen cylinders that we procured, and drugs in stock, we bought everything that we needed to buy because we feel that it is a public health issue and we are facing it frontly,” the governor said.
Earlier, Mr Mulombo commended the governor and his cabinet for the prompt manner in responding to emergencies, health, transportation, and the state’s contributions in making Nigeria polio-free.
He said the prompt response of the Lagos State Government on COVID-19 made Nigeria a reference point and urged other African countries to follow the Nigerian approach to the COVID-19 response.
According to Mr Mulombo, Lagos State Government is among the first to show courageous measures to contain the pandemic.
”I can see the testing rate, other interventions and how the testing capacity increased in a short time.
“I can see how oxygen provision was expanded and I am really proud to have Lagos work under your leadership.
”Nigeria is going through the second wave and new tools are becoming available. This year is about COVID-19 vaccine, which is important to economic development.
”We are hopeful that with the vaccine rollout, our economy will gradually reopen.
“We look forward to that leadership that Lagos has shown in the early phase of response to the virus; we expect it to show same leadership in the vaccine rollout and administration,” Mr Mulombo said.
JUST IN: Son Of Chad President, Named Interim Head Of State
General Mahamat Kaka, the son of the deceased Chadian president, Idriss Deby has been named the interim Head of the State of the country.
Army Spokesman, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna announced this minutes after the death of Idriss Deby.
General Azem had earlier confirmed that the late President of Chad “has just breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield”.
Deby won his sixth term in provisional election results released on Monday.
The late President was shot dead at the war front while confronting some rebels.
Chad President Shot Dead
Chad President, Idriss Deby is dead.
Deby rmdied on Tuesday from injuries he sustained at the war front against some rebels.
He had led a brigade against rebels in the North of the country.
His death is coming after he won his re-election for a 6th term.
Army spokesman, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna confirmed his death on Tuesday.
A statement he read on state television said Deby “has just breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield”.
Deby, 68, won a sixth term in provisional election results released on Monday.
The late President postponed his victory speech and went to visit Chadian soldiers in the war front.
Why I Am Shocked And Saddened Over Killing In Chad – President Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he is shocked and saddened in the wake of the ethnic clashes in the South Eastern Region of Salamat, Chad that claimed several lives.
Recall that ethnic tension in the central African country of Chad left at least 55 people dead and more than 40 injured as three villages were burned to the ground.
The clashes in the south-eastern region of Salamat erupted between different ethnic groups on Wednesday night in the villages around the provincial capital of Am Timan, according to Salamat governor Abel Yamabaye Massira.
However, Buhari extended heartfelt condolences to President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad over the incident.
“I am shocked and saddened by the incident that shattered decades of relative peace and stability in Chad,” Buhari said.
He added that “ethnic and tribal clashes is a threat to African unity and stability and Nigeria joins the rest of Africa to deplore the latest eruption of violence in Chad.”
The president underscored the need for African leaders and people to manage their diversity with tolerance and understanding.
He noted that “a threat to stability in one part of Africa is a threat to the rest of us.”
According to Buhari “given Africa’s economic and social challenges, we cannot afford mutual destruction that makes our challenges more complicated.”
Meanwhile, President Buhari also commiserates with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the government and people of Egypt over the train accident in Northern Cairo that killed dozens of people and injured 98 others.
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