Some 6000 people in the Wum Health District in the North West Region have been vaccinated during the ongoing National vaccination campaign against COVID-19.
Health personnel in Menchum Division have been carrying out vaccination in churches, mosques, palaces and other public places to get the eligible population vaccinated against COVID-19.
The District Medical Officer, Dr. Elome Ebako, says the exercise is unfolding smoothly but for limited stock of the Pfizer vaccine for pregnant women.
So far “Over 6,000 persons have received at least the first dose of the vaccine, including traditional authorities,” Dr Ebako told CRTVweb.
“We have had about 3674 persons vaccinated with the booster dose of Johnson and Johnson or Sinopharm vaccines. 1859 persons received their first dose, while 214 pregnant women have been vaccinated with pfizer,” he said, further specifying the statistics concern only 15 of the 17 health areas in the Division.
Besides public places, mobile teams are also at strategic places in the health District. “Considering that Wum Health District shares border with neighboring Nigeria, fixed teams have been put in place in transborder areas like Fura Awa, while mobile vaccination teams are also in remote communities like the Banks of the Kashinahala River to ensure a wide vaccination coverage,” says Dr. Ebako.
The traditional ruler of Waindo, Fon Ndung Mvo after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine called on his subjects to get themselves vaccinated so as not to contract the deadly coronavirus.
Fung Mary, another recipient, was encouraged by her family members abroad to get vaccinated.
“I have taken the vaccine to protect myself from COVID-19 because they say prevention is better than cure,” she said.
The vaccinators also seized the opportunity to sensitize the locals on the need to always respect the immunization calendar for their kids.