Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Thursday received the first COVID-19 vaccine jab.
The personal physician to the governor Dr Fakhraddeen Yahaya Muhammad, at exactly 2: 49pm administered the vaccine at the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano.
Presente at the event were members of the State Executive Council, representative of Kano Emirate, frontline health workers, selected members of development partners and other critical stakeholders.
Ganduje’s vaccination marks the beginning of the vaccination exercise in the state.
Recall that on March 9, the governor had a series of sensitisation/stakeholder meetings with different sections of stakeholders, ranging from security agencies, health professionals and others.
Speaking on the occasion, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Ibrahim Aminu Tsanyawa said: “Your Excellency you are welcome to this premier hospital for the landmark event in the fight against COVID-19.
“Your Excellency as it has been said many times that, your administration has invested a lot in the fight against COVID-19 in the state.
“We are very grateful that you provided many things needed in this area. We are glad for your good leadership in the fight against the pandemic,” Dr Tsanyawa said.
He assured that the state Ministry of Health is ready for the vaccination exercise in the state, “…as we have said it before.”
He further said: “As His Excellency is having his vaccine now, it shows that the vaccine is safe and exclusively meant for the purpose it is provided for. That is to prevent people from contracting the pandemic. We want people to be aware that His Excellency, the Governor is taking the lead in the state.”
Ganduje called on the public to cooperate with health officials during the exercise, assuring that the state would not relent in making sure that COVID-19 is tamed adequately in the state.
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