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DELSUTH CMD Flags-Off COVID-19 Vaccination

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The Chief Medical Director, CMD, of the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, DELSUTH, Dr. Onome Ogueh, has flag – off the COVID – 19 vaccination at the University Teaching Hospital with a remark that COVID – 19 is real and people should availed themselves the opportunity and be vaccinated against the dreaded global pandemic.

In a brief remark at the flag – off ceremony, Dr Ogueh, thanked the Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa and the Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr Ononye Mordi, for the prompt and seamless provision of the COVID – 19 vaccine across Delta State.

The CMD explained that the first batch of the COVID – 19 vaccine is for front line health workers and this will continue until the 24th of March, 2021.

Dr Ogueh, maintained that COVID – 19 is real, and front line health workers are at a particular risk of getting the infection.

He confessed that at DELSUTH they have had a total of 57 recorded cases of COVID – 19 infection amongst the staff which cut across all categories of staff, but, insisted that health workers are more at risk with a disproportionate effect on doctors and nurses.

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According to the CMD, the breakdown of the figures revealed that nurses had – 24 cases, ICT staff – 2 cases, doctors – 17 cases, cleaners / porters – 7 cases, security staff – 3 cases , drivers – 3 cases and pharmacy – 1 case.

Dr Ogueh said, that despite the risk of COVID – 19 infection, health workers, like the general public, are still very poor at taking preventive measure against the pandemic and admitted that from a survey by the COVID – 19 Task Force led by the DCMAC, Dr Emmanuel Akpo, only 8.9 percent of staff in the hospital had their face masks on whilst on duty in the hospital.

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