The Osun State Commissioner for Health , Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, has debunked rumours making the rounds that the COVID-19 vaccines that the Federal Government will start distributing today is a ploy to make Nigerians sterile in order to control population.
Isamotu dismissed the rumour just as he stated that the state was prepared to receive the vaccines, saying that cold chains for storing them was in good condition and have been available in the state for the past three months.
He maintained that notwithstanding the availability of the COVID-19 vaccines in the state, continuous testing and isolation of infected persons is the best way to go in reducing community transmission.
Isamotu stated this on Monday morning while featuring on Frank Talk, a current affair programme of a private radio station, Rave Fm, Osogbo.
He urged residents of the state not to be afraid because the vaccines hads no side effects that will impact negatively on the body system.
He revealed that despite the fact that there is no particular date for vaccination to start in Osun, distribution of the vaccines nationally will start today and training of health workers will precede the administration of the vaccines in the state.
The Commissioner disclosed that the vaccines will be administered in two jabs, the second coming after about three months interval from the first.
While stressing on the importance of the COVID-19 vaccination, Professor Peter Olaitan, the Chief Medical Director of UNIOSUN Teaching Hospital and COVID-19 Incident Manager in the State, disclosed that isolation centres for management of cases have been established at the State Hospital, Asubiaro and Mercyland Hospital both in Osogbo, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, Ile-Ife and State Hospital, Ejigbo.
Speaking on the programme, the Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Development Board, Dr. Oluwole Fabiyi revealed that Osun has 332 solar freezers making it one per ward.
He also revealed that since about 40, 000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses will be coming to the state, administration of the COVID-19 vaccination will be done in four phases.
“The first phase will be for frontline and health workers. The second phase will be for the elderly and those that are morbidly ill and the last phase for those that are 15 years and above.
“For now, research has not shown that it can be administered on children. So it is for 15 years and above,” he added.
He also maintained that even with the vaccines, all COVID-19 guidelines were to be adhered to as the purpose of the vaccines is to suppress the virus and not to cure it.
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