By Gabriel Yough
The government of Taraba has received 56,250 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government.
Dr Ebenezer Apake, permanent secretary of the Department of Health, received the vaccine on behalf of the state government in a brief ceremony in Jalingo on Thursday.
Apake described the vaccine’s arrival as a bold step towards tackling the growing wave of deadly viruses in the state.
“To win the war against the pandemic, 80% of the population must be vaccinated.
“I want to call on people, especially frontline health workers who will benefit from the first tranche, to take advantage of the vaccination.
“Although the vaccine is here with us, we have to stick to the protocol of social distancing and wearing the face mask,” he said.
Dr Jauro Hassan, Executive Secretary of Taraba Primary Health Care Development Agency, said the government has trained 254 workers in the state’s 16 local government zones (LGAs) for immunization.
He said the trainee had to abandon training at the grassroots level for optimal results.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the ceremony was attended by members of the COVID-19 State Technical Committee, WHO Representative for Health (WHO, media among others. ( NOPE)
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