By Muhammad Muhammad
Kano State Government has commenced COVID-19 mass vaccination exercise across the state with maximum target of 3.4 million residents.
Already, the State Primary Health Care Management Agency declared that over one million Kano residents received complete dose of the vaccines since the commencement of the vaccination in Kano.
Solacebase reports that Executive secretary of the Agency, Dr. Tijjani Husseini disclosed the development during a training workshop organized for media professionals on awareness campaign on the mass vaccination.
Dr. Tijjani represented by Director, Disease Control and Epidemiology, Dr. Imam Wada Bello debunked allegation of outright rejection of COVID-19 vaccines in Kano.
While emphasizing that significant improvement were recognized in the number of people voluntarily accepting the vaccine, Dr. Tijjani however disclosed that pocket of phobia as a result of inadequate awareness campaign is still prevalent in the state.
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” Let me say we have not recorded any case of outright rejection of the vaccine in Kano. We cannot deny the fact that people are still nursing fear about the vaccine perhaps because of the fake news in circulation insinuating different account which is not true.
“We are improving awareness and that was the whole essence of this workshop for journalists to help educate the public about the significance of the vaccine. We believe by bringing the vaccine closer to the people that will attract more people to take.
“But we know, there are some people no matter the level of persuasion, they will not take the vaccine in fact, they will prefer local medicine. But for us to guarantee sustained immunity we need to have 80 percent of the population vaccinated. It is part of human practice, we had similar experience during polio immunization where people became skeptic about the vaccine but as time goes on the entire community accepted the vaccine.
“We have had so many falsehood and negative narrative from those who doesn’t have authority or expertise in the area. The vaccine is safe and underwent clinical process certified by experts. That is why we are engaging the media to help create awareness. The vaccine is free and it is available across the state”.
The executive secretary said the mass vaccination campaign will be conveyed to marketplace, places of worship, Industries, Institute of higher learning with support of Civil Society Group and media to cover 80 percent of the population.
He stressed that health workers would be deployed across wards and local governments apart from those stationed at general hospitals across the state.
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