The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has lamented the politicisation of the compulsory COVID-19 vaccination mandate in the state.
Obaseki made this call on Saturday, October 2, when he received the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Prof. Darlington Obaseki, at the Government House in Benin City.
1st News had reported that the governor asked the residents to get vaccinated and ensure compliance with preventive protocols against the spread of the virus.
“I am saddened when I see people not protecting themselves against COVID-19. We are not making vaccination compulsory, but for now, it is the best way to protect yourselves and protect the people around you. It is so sad to see people making it a political issue,” he added.
“Go to any of our isolation centers and see what is happening to people.”
Obaseki reassured that his government will sustain reforms in the healthcare system to reposition the state as the country’s medical hub.
According to the governor, the state government outbreak has drawn lessons on how to improve the healthcare delivery system; following the COVID-19 pandemic.
He added, “God forbid you to fall ill or you have an emergency, it won’t matter where you are treated. At that point, you don’t care if it is a federal, state, or religious institution, as long as you get cured.”
Meanwhile, the World Bank has approved a $400 million credit for Nigeria; as financing for safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine acquisition and deployment in the country.
This was disclosed by the World Bank via a statement issued and also signed by its Senior External Affairs Officer, Mansir Nasir on Friday, October 1.
The statement revealed that the development will be implemented as part of the COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Project.
It stated, “Government of Nigeria today received approval from The World Bank Board of Directors; for a $400 million credit in additional financing from the International Development Association (IDA); to provide upfront financing for safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine acquisition; as well as deployment within the country. This will be implemented as part of the COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Project.
“Building on the Government’s plan to break the chain of local transmission of COVID-19; and limit the spread of the virus, the original COVID-19 Response program will be expanded; to enable equitable access to purchase affordable COVID-19 vaccines for 18 percent (40 million) of Nigeria’s population; and also support effective vaccine deployment to 50 percent (110 million) of its citizens.”