OSUN State Commissioner for Health and Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, has debunked rumours making the rounds that the COVID-19 vaccines that the federal government will start distributing today is a ploy to make Nigerians sterile in order to control the population.
He said that Osun state is prepared to receive the vaccines as cold chains for storing them is in good condition and has been available in the state for the past three months.
He also maintained that notwithstanding the availability of the COVID-19 vaccines in the state, continual testing and isolation of infected persons is the best way to go in reducing community transmission.
Dr. Isamotu who made this comments Monday morning on Frank Talk, a radio current affair programme in Osogbo stated that the citizens should not be afraid because the vaccines had no negative side effects that will impact negatively in the body system.
He revealed that despite the fact that there is no particular date for vaccination to start in Osun, the vaccines’ distribution nationally will start today and training of health workers will precede the administration of the vaccines in the state.
The Commissioner disclosed that the vaccines will be administered in two jabs, the second coming after about three months interval from the first.
While also stressing on the importance of the COVID-19 vaccination, Professor Peter Olaitan, the Chief Medical Director of UNIOSUN Teaching Hospital and COVID-19 Incident Manager in the State disclosed that isolation centres for management of cases have been established at the State Hospital, Asubiaro and Mercyland Hospital both in Osogbo, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, Ile-Ife and State Hospital, Ejigbo.