Positive responses have so far been recorded from the people of Idemili South Local Government Area (LGA) since the ongoing vaccination exercise against Coronavirus pandemic.
The Transition Committee Chairman, Idemili South Mr Don Unachukwu during the flag-off of the exercise said that he meant well for the citizenry by bringing the vaccines to the grassroots.
“It is free of charge for all to come out to save lives; as prevention is always better than cure.’’
Unachukwu called on the people, especially the frontline workers and those from 50-year-old and above to take a bold step toward sustainable health by taking the vaccine.
The Chairman, who took his first jab, alongside the Head Personnel Management (HPM) of LGA, Mrs Philomena Ekwuno was joined by the other local government staff members.
Mrs Joy Akabogu, a Nurse and also the LG Focal person on health for Ojoto during her field work at Akabor settlement, Ojoto Uno said that the response from people within the first few days of the vaccination exercise was not encouraging.
“But as time progressed, there has been gradual increase in the number of those responding.’’
She said that as the exercise reached the 8th day, the turnout of people had become encouraging and more people were now taking the vaccine.
Mrs Akabogu said her team was able to vaccinate many people including Igwe Gerald Obunadike Mbamalu of Ojoto and members of his entourage, LG workers, pensioners and those present at the vaccination centre.
She said that the President-General of Ojoto, Chief Don Anozie, who on the 6the day invited them to his house, where he mobilised a lot of people to take the vaccine along with him.
The Litigation Officer, Idemili South LGA, Mr Vincent Ogbunukor, who had taken a jab 24 hours before the interview, said that all the speculations about the vaccine were false as nothing negative had happened to him.
He, the, called on the people of the LGA to avail themselves of the opportunity of taking the vaccine to save their lives.
Mrs Onyebuchi Ekebosi, an LGA worker and breast-feeding mother said she took the vaccine on March 18 and had not had any negative reaction. Mrs Ifeoma Ezika, also an LG staff member said she took the vaccine 24 hours earlier and only felt a little heaviness on the vaccinated within some hours it eased off. “It is just felt in previous vaccinations’’