Story By Akinola Emmanuel, March 24, 2021
The Oyo state Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has disclosed that the state vaccination was delayed because he ordered that a sterility test be done on the vaccines received in order to be sure that the AstraZeneca which came from India was properly handled.
Governor Seyi Makinde made this disclosure on Wednesday when he received the AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Agodi Secretariat.
The Executive Secretary, Oyo State Primary Healthcare Board, Dr Muideen
Olatunji administered the vaccine on the Governor with the Chairman/Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care by his side.
It would be recalled that Oyo state received 127,740 doses of the vaccine
from the Federal Government on March 10.
Makinde said, “When I was reading the newspaper this morning, I saw that Oyo state has not given a single shot of the vaccine and zero was recorded for the state. Now, we, at least, have one for Oyo state.
“And for states that have taken in their thousands, and are ahead, we will surely overtake them.
“Yes, I ordered for sterility test. Some people, even those close to me, were shading me on the social media. Even though I said I have low tolerance for physical pain, I have high tolerance for emotional pain.
“We did the test because when I asked questions about the origin of the vaccine, they said the batch sent to Nigeria came from India. It’s not that I don’t like India or don’t believe in their product, but was concerned about the handling.
“They said the vaccine should be stored at a particular temperature. I wanted to validate the vaccines that we will give to the people of Oyo state have been correctly handled. And we felt our two labs here, the Virology and Biorepository labs in the University College Hospital, Ibadan, and they came with the same result that the vaccine is good and proper for the people of Oyo state and it didn’t take me 24hours to accept and agree to come for this vaccination exercise.”
Speaking earlier, state Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello stated the result of the sterility test done by the state government at the virology and biorepository lab at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, confirmed that the vaccine received is free of any form of microbacteria, fungi and is strictly for COVID-19.
In his own remarks, Executive Secretary, Oyo State Primary Healthcare Board, Dr Muideen Olatunji said the time from March 10 also afforded the state an opportunity to train health workers at the local government level on how toefficiently administer and handle the vaccine.
He noted that the recipients of the jab are only likely to have mild reactions.
Olatunji added that after the first jab, there will be administration of the second jab in weeks to come.
He explained that in order of priority, health workers will receive the vaccine first followed by most vulnerable people above 50years, then people above 18 years and finally those that have missed, not captured and without any ailment but above 18years.