By Nnedinma C Okeke

Awka, March 11, 2021 (MOI) Anambra State Commissioner for Health Dr Vincent Okpala has confirmed receipt of 78,810 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines in the state.

The Commissioner made the confirmation at the state’s Cold Store at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital (COOTH), Amaku, Awka.

He noted that vaccines which left Abuja Airport were routed through Enugu Airport, where it landed at about 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 10.

Dr Okpala expressed gratitude to the State Government for the support received in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

“Gov. Willie Obiano will inspect and conduct the symbolic vaccination exercise.

“I believe and trust that this will be the last phase of the COVID-19 engagement,’’ he said.

Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Agency (ASPHCDA), Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu while thanking the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) for the 78,810 doses of COVID-19 vaccines received, assured that the state would comply strictly by guidelines for the vaccination.

“The guidelines specify that we start vaccination with frontline health workers, before the next group which is 50 years and above and then 18 -50 years with underlying aliments before the rest of the population aged 18 – 50 years.’’

She thanked the state Government that ensured the vaccines arrived in the state and the Health Commissioner, Dr Okpala, who has had sleepless nights in planning for the arrival of the vaccines.

“We are also grateful to all our partners, WHO, UNICEF and NPHCDA for all their support in this fight.’’

UNICEF Vaccine Security Logistics (VSL) Consultant, Mr Diden Gbofeyin while handing over to the ES the waybill that accompanied the vaccine noted that it was now an Anambra State document.

“This document contains the batch number, quantity, and expiry date of the vaccines for accountability,’’ he said. He expressed delight at the commitment of the state team at the arrival of the vaccines. (MOI)

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