Nigeria: Enugu Takes Delivery of Covid-19 Vaccines


The consignment is meant for the three states of Enugu, Ebonyi and Anambra, an official says.

Enugu State Government on Wednesday took delivery of an undisclosed quantity of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

The vaccines arrived at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu State, through a cargo airline, Allied Air, Flight 5N-JRT by 2:44 p.m.

The Head of UNICEF, Enugu Field Office, Ibrahim Conteh, who received the consignment, said he was delighted the vaccines had finally arrived the South-east.

Mr Conteh said the vaccines would be used to check the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the area.

He said the consignment was for the three states of Enugu, Ebonyi and Anambra, adding that more were expected soon.

He said UNICEF was involved in the procurement, shipment and distribution of the vaccines. The reception of the vaccines was an indication that help was on the way, he added.

Mr Conteh said the vaccines would be stored in cold chains and other facilities used for immunisation.

Also, the Health Specialist, UNICEF Enugu Field Office, Ifeyinwa Anyanyo, said the vaccines were meant for frontline healthcare workers in the state.

Mrs Anyanyo said each person would be expected to take two doses at four to 12 weeks intervals.

Elated

Enugu State Commissioner for Health, Emmanuel Ikechukwu, said he was happy the vaccines had finally arrived in the state.