By Rita Iliya
Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger has received the second jab of Oxford Astrazenece COVID-19 vaccine, as the State inaugurated the second dose exercise.
A statement by Mary Noel-Berje, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, disclosed that Bello, his Deputy and some members of the State Executive Council were administered the dose.
Speaking after receiving the jab, Bello said the turn out for the first phase of the vaccine was impressive and encouraged those that had been administered the first dose to ensure they receive the second jab.
He also enjoined those who are yet to take the first dose to come forward as the vaccine has been proved to be safe.
“I want to assure everyone that the vaccine is safe. I encourage you to take it, it will keep you and your loved ones at least safe. The older ones especially should take it,” he said.
Earlier, Commissioner for Health and Hospital Services, Dr Muhammad Makusidi, explained that the state received the total of 89,600 doses as at today.
He added that 44,860 doses were used in the first phase and that enough doses are available for the second phase of the vaccination.
The Commissioner assured that all eligible persons for the second dose would be administered the vaccine.
Giving brief on the current status of the state on COVID-19, Makusidi said so far there are 930 positive cases in the state including 66 health workers and 20 deaths.
He however disclosed that there has not been any positive case in the state in the last two months, pointing out that they have continued to carry out measures to combat the further spread of the disease in the State.
The Governor received the first dose of the vaccine on March 9 and directed all the State Executive Council members to take the vaccine or not be allowed into their weekly meetings.(NAN)