Kogi Government inaugurate team to monitor, investigate COVID-19 vaccine tolerance

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Kogi state government has inaugurated team to monitor, investigate vaccine’s tolerance including why the state had been relatively spared by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Audu said, the team was inaugurated following the flag-off of the COVID-19 vaccination, in Lokoja, on Tuesday.

The team comprising specialists drawn from across the health sector, would conduct research on some few areas of attention regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also, the team would monitor the utilisation of the COVID-19 vaccine, look at the adverse reactions that might follow the vaccination exercise and come up with a reliable report.

Audu said the research team would also work on the usefulness of Hydroxyl Chloroquine, Zinc and Mectizan and make recommendations.

The state had been proactive, being the first to bring about the novel idea of a COVID-19 Self-Assessment App and to demonstrate the usefulness of Rapid Test Kits for quick assessment.

The commissioner said,”These are areas where Kogi has really excelled. We have been on top of the situation as far as the prevention and control of COVID-19 is concerned.

”We are also leading in terms of health infrastructural development so that we can cope with any outbreak in the process. We are building two massive Infectious Disease Hospitals, one in Ajaokuta and the other one in Kogi LGA.

”We have an Ultra-Modern Referral Centre that is arguably the best hospital in Nigeria, which is in the making, we have the Reference hospital in Okene.

“We are also revamping the existing health facilities, like the Specialist Hospital, Lokoja, Zonal Hospital Idah, Teaching Hospital Anyigba, and the General Hospital Isanlu.

”This is what we are doing in the health sector not forgetting our highly impactful healthcare programmes like Bello Care, Healthcare Plus, and the renewed mission in the State Health Insurance Agency,” he said.

The commissioner emphasised that the state was doing a lot in implementing the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund of the Federal Government and was expanding its reach.





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