3.9M COVAX: 6 States Receive Over 599,000 Doses Of Vaccine

 3.9M COVAX: 6 States Receive Over 599,000 Doses Of Vaccine

A total of six states in Nigeria had gotten over 599,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

These states include Jigawa, Niger, Osun, Plateau, Kano, Bauchi received a total of 592,520 doses.

Jigawa State received 68,000 doses; Niger State got 74,110 doses and 64,240 doses were delivered to Osun State.

Also, Plateau State received 105,600 doses; Kano State with 209,520 doses while Bauchi State with 80,570 doses.

On Nigeria’s COVID-19 dashboard Jigawa has over 400 cases, Niger with over 900 cases, Osun with over 2400 cases, Plateau with over 8900 cases, Kano over 3800 cases and Bauchi with over 1400 cases reported.

Distribution in Jigawa

In Jigawa State, Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar and his deputy, Malam Umar Namadi, were given the vaccine 24 hours after the first consignment was delivered to the state.

Speaking shortly after taking the vaccine at Government House Clinic in Dutse, Governor Badaru stated that he and his deputy as well as members of the state executive council had taken the vaccine.

Distribution in Niger

Niger State commissioner for Health and Hospital Services, Dr Muhammad Makusidi, said that the state received 74,110 doses of the vaccine.

Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello, flagged off the vaccination in the state by taking the first jab followed by his deputy, Ahmed Mohammed Ketso and other state executive council members.

The vaccine was administered on Sani-Bello by his personal physician, Dr Shehu Ahmed, at the Government House, Minna.

Distribution in Osun

The Osun State government took delivery of a total of 64,240 doses of the vaccine allocated to it by the federal government.

According to the commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode, the vaccine was received at the Akure Airport by the state medical team led by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu.

Egbemode said the state government was prepared to preserve and administer the vaccine, having trained about 300 health workers for the vaccination exercise and installed storage facilities (cold chain) across the 332 wards in the State.

Distribution in Plateau

The Plateau State commissioner for Health, Dr. Nenkor Lar, said the state also received its own doses of the vaccine.

According to him, the doses of the vaccine received were 105,600, which is exactly the number allocated to the state by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

Distribution in Kano

Receiving the vaccines that arrived through a cargo plane, Allied Air E-Cargo 5N-TON at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa said the first phase will focus on frontline health workers.

According to him, they will also focus on people with underlying health issues and the fourth phase will focus on other target populations.

The commissioner pointed out that the state action committee on COVID-19 would meet to determine the modalities and when the vaccination would begin

Distribution in Bauchi

In Bauchi, the state government said it has so far received 80,570 out of the 150,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine allotted to it by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

The state deputy governor, Senator Baba Tela, who disclosed this, while receiving the vaccine at the cold store of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), hinted  that the first beneficiaries of the vaccine will be frontline health workers, government officials, security personnel, traditional and religious leaders.

Kehinde Ogunyale

Freelance Investigative and Data Journalist

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