August 19, (THEWILL) – The Akwa Ibom State Government has taken delivery of 63,336 doses of the Modena vaccine, saying it is set for an immediate full roll out Vaccination of its citizens as the state is currently battling with 796 active cases of COVID-19 infections.
Secretary to the State Government and Chairman, Akwa Ibom State COVID-19 Committee, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, who received the vaccine, encouraged the people to take advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated.
The SSG said the state will henceforth ensure enforcement of strict compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, assuring that the monitoring mechanisms recently reactivated will henceforth apprehend anyone flouting the directive.
In line with the protocol, the state government has approved a one hour maximum duration for religious gatherings, warning that businesses, worship places and corporate organizations risk shuting down if their actors fail to comply with the directives.
It said: “It has since been confirmed by NCDC that the Delta variant of COVID-19 virus found in other parts of the country is in our dear State and that would partly explain the rapid increase in the number of cases in the State because of its high infectivity rate.
“It has therefore, become imperative that we take actions to rein in the spread of the infection in the state. We have however noted, sadly, that the necessary precautions and guidelines earlier recommended are hardly being adhered to by most people thereby jeopardizing our health and making the control of the pandemic very difficult
“Just yesterday the State took delivery of sixty-three thousand three hundred and thirty-six (63,336) doses of the Modena vaccine as part of its effort to combat the pandemic. Full roll out of vaccination commences immediately. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to get vaccinated and protected against the virus.
“The vaccine is safe and effective. It shall be available at designated areas in Uyo and PHC Bases in the different LGAs.
“Government shall henceforth enforce compliance with COVID-19 guidelines; Religious houses (churches and mosques) should run at half capacity and services should last not more than one (1) hour.
“Hotels, sit-outs, clubs, schools, transport companies, supermarkets, Banks, pharmacies should all ensure compliance with all COVID-19 preventive measures in their facilities.”
It advised citizens to report any suspicious symptoms, such as fever, cough, difficulty in breathing and body pains and weaknesses to the nearest COVID-19 facility or use the dedicated help lines: 08000275664, 08189411111.