The Director-General, Nigeria Center for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has assured the effectiveness and safety of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr Ihekweazu who stated this in Awka during his working visit to Anambra State to inspect the already completed Anambra State Molecular Laboratory, at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu 0jukwu Teaching Hospital, Amaku Awka, said the vaccine has proven to be more effective in saving lives.
He disclosed that over seventeen million people have received the vaccine across the world and that the vaccine has proven to be very effective as cases have continued to decline in countries that are vaccinating aggressively.
Dr Ihekweazu explained that he was in the State to inspect the health facility, as well as encourage the State government and the frontline health workers in their efforts at fighting Coronavirus and checking its spread.
Speaking, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala, commended the Nigeria Center for Disease Control for its support and unrelentless efforts in fighting the menace, and further promised that the State would play its role to actualize the goal of kicking Coronavirus out of the country.
Dr Okpala noted that Anambra State Government under the leadership of Governor Willie Obiano has been doing evening it could to protect the lives of Ndi Anambra and other residents.
The Commissioner listed various strategies adopted to ensure the objectives are realised including using various media to mobilise, educate and sensitize the citizens on the adhere to all COVID-19 protocols to stay safe and healthy.
Contributing, the Executive Secretary, Anambra State Health Insurance Agency, Dr Simeon Onyemaechi, who explained the importance of new Laboratory facility, noted that the facility is a one-stop-shop for all viral hemorrhagic diseases.
The NCDC Director-General and his team on arrival, paid a courtesy visit to the Commissioner for Health where issues concerning COVID-19 were discussed, including the vaccines, bringing to the fore, problems and prospects in the fight against the pandemic and the way forward.
It was gathered that before Now, Anambra State as well other South-East and South-South States used to take samples of infectious diseases to either Edo or Ebonyi State where the two National Reference Laboratories are in existence but the era has gone as Anambra State will, on equipping the Molecular Laboratory at Amaku Awka, commence the process of conducting samples with regards to viral hemorrhagic fever and diseases within the State.