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Lagos State Citizens receive COVID-19 vaccines

In Lagos State, a minimum of 127,885 residents have been vaccinated just 10 days after the exercise started.

Not quite long ago, the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi reported this on Sunday, after he got reports of day 10 of the program from the State Primary Health Care Board, said with the figure, Lagos has vaccinated more persons than other States of the Federation and FCT.

The Professor noted that 39,959 health workers, 54,200 essential workers and 33,726 strategic leaders, representing 31.2%, 42.4% and 26.40% have so far been vaccinated.

The Professor stated, “Our gender distribution data has also shown that we have vaccinated more females than males, with 65,501 females representing 51.2% and 62,384 males representing 48.8% vaccinated as at March 26.”

He proclaimed that Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Lagos Mainland, Alimosho, Kosofe and Surulere are the top six Local Government Areas with the greatest number of citizens vaccinated; he reported that 12,313 and 12,135 persons were vaccinated in Eti-Osa and Ikeja parts of the state.

In furtherance he said, “In Lagos Mainland LGA, we have vaccinated 11,791 persons; in Alimosho LGA, 9,783 people have received the COVID vaccine. For Kosofe and Surulere we have vaccinated 9,723 and 8,903 persons.”

Apapa, Epe, Badagry and Ibeju-Lekki local governments have the least number of citizens vaccinated, with less than 3,500 persons vaccinated for each.

He still went on to report that the State was experiencing a constant improvement in the number of citizens receiving the vaccine, from 268 persons vaccinated at the flag-off of the exercise to 127,885 persons vaccinated as at March 26.

To be precise, the exercise has been extended by 10 days, in line with the authority of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA.

The vaccination will continue at the 88 vaccination sites in Lagos for ONLY citizens that fall within the Phase one category; including health and frontline workers, senior citizens aged 70 years above, essential duty staff and strategic leaders.

Conversely, the Commissioner said the State Government was not aware of the obstacles being experienced by qualified persons at some vaccination sites, coupled with the fact that they are trying to resolve the obstacles.

He said:

“We have identified some areas of concern on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), overcrowding at some vaccination sites and the E-registration portal. I want to assure Lagosians that all these issues and others are being addressed by the State Government in collaboration with NPHCDA”

“While no system is perfect, we are striving to improve the experience of Lagosians at our various sites. We are committed to this course and with the support of the NPHCDA and other stakeholders, we are certain of a successful vaccination exercise.”

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