By; DEKERA NICHOLAS, Kaduna
The Taraba State Government on Thursday received 56,250 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from the Federal Government.
Dr Ebenezer Apake, the Permanent Secretary, Taraba Ministry of Health received the vaccine on behalf of the State government at a brief ceremony in Jalingo.
Apake described the arrival of the vaccine as a bold step towards tackling the rising wave of deadly virus in the state.
“”For us to win the war against the pandemic, 80 per cent of the population need to be vaccinated.
“I want to call on the people especially front line health workers who will benefit from this first tranche to avail themselves for vaccination.
“Though the vaccine is here with us, we must keep to the protocol of social distancing and wearing of mask,” he said.
Dr Kenneth Tijos, the Director Immunization and Disease Control, Taraba Primary Health care Development Agency announced that the State got 56,250 doses of the vaccine.
“We have received 56,250 doses of the vaccine with the same quantity of syringes, safety boxes and adhesive plasters.
“The vaccine came through Yola International Airport and is mainly for the frontline health workers in the State,” he said.
Dr Jauro Hassan, the Executive Secretary, Taraba Primary Healthcare Development Agency, said 254 staff drawn from the 16 Local Government Areas of the state have been trained to carry out the vaccination exercise.
He noted that the 254 trained would step down the training to the ward level for an efficient vaccination at the grassroot.