Gombe State Government has received delivery of its share of AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine doses, enough to cover 35,000 individuals slated for the first phase of the vaccination exercise in the State.
According to a statement made available to Jewel Times by Director General Press Affairs, Gombe Government House, Ismaila Uba Misilli, the Commissioner of Health, Dr.Habu Dahiru stated this while briefing Journalists on the receipt of the covid-19 vaccines consignment and preparations by the state government and other development partners to ensure a hitch-free exercise when it gets underway.
According to the Health Commissioner, the first phase of the vaccination doses will be administered on frontline health workers in public and private health facilities, rapid response and contact tracing teams as well as military and para- military organisations.
He said the second phase will be administered on the aged persons from 50 years and above while the third phase will be given to individuals with significant co-morbidity like asthma, hypertension and other chronic conditions,
whereas the fouth phase will involve individuals at risk of contracting diseases.
“For this purpose, we have to prepare a robust team in Gombe State and we started with the planning meeting with our colleagues from the National Primary Health Care and development partners”.
He said the State Ministry of Health, Primary Health Care Agency and development partners have triggered a robust plan which included a meeting to identify activities that will be conducted for a successful implementation of the vaccination exercise.
Dr. Habu Dahiru said to ensure the success of the vaccination, a ‘train the trainers’ workshop is underway at the state level and is expected to be cascaded to the local government areas for effective coverage.