Ekiti govt sensitise residents on COVID-19 vaccination

The Ekiti State government has called on the residents of the state not to be apprehensive in taking Covid-19 vaccination when the vaccine eventually arrive the state.

The State Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Oyebanji Filani stated this at a community sensitization programme organized by the state Ministry of Health and Human Services and State Primary Healthcare Development Agency in Oye-Ekiti.

Oyebanji noted that the community engagement programme was to expose the citizens at the grassroots to the efforts of the Dr Kayode Fayemi-led administration in the health sector as well as getting feedback from the local communities.

Filani said that the government has commenced renovation of Primary Health Centres and General Hospitals across the state, ” while the monthly running grant is given also to enable the health facilities to attend to some critical needs.”

He, therefore, urged the people to embrace the State Health Insurance Scheme to cushion the effect of the high cost of having access to quality
health.

Oyebanji said, “We want to tell you that this administration has done a lot to curtail the spread of Covid-19 in the state, part of the efforts is giving the various primary and secondary healthcare facilities a facelift and we want you to embrace the vaccines when it arrives the state.

“In fact, the government has embarked on construction and reconstruction of most of the health facilities as well as putting in place the Ekiti Health Insurance Scheme to ensure universal health coverage.”

He disclosed that the government has built three Isolation Centres as part of efforts to tackle Covid-19 pandemic and has also employed more medical officers in the health sector in order to boost the well-being of the people across the state.

While appealing to the community to cultivate the habit of good maintenance culture, he called on the participants to let the government know the challenges they confront in the communities across the local government areas.

“It is our belief that after this programme, we will have a better understanding of your challenges and strength and at the end, we will have a more improved health system and a better Ekiti,” he said.

The Onitaji of Itaji- Ekiti, Oba Adamo Babalola, appreciated the government for its efforts at ensuring a safe and healthy Ekiti State.

Other participants including Pastor Samuel Olaoluwa and Chief Christiana Adegboye suggested that the government should look for volunteers to first take the Covid-19 vaccines when it is finally delivered.

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