C’River receives 53,840 doses of astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccines – Commissioner

The Cross River government on Wednesday said it had received 53, 840 doses of Oxford-Astrazeneca -19 vaccines.

The vaccines were received by Dr Betta Edu, Cross River Commissioner for Health, on behalf of the state government at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport Calabar.

Speaking newsmen after the vaccines, Edu said the state would commence the vaccination process on Thursday with healthcare workers.

The commissioner said the vaccines would be stored in the state’  cold chain .

“We just received 53,840 doses of the Oxford-Astrazeneca -19 vaccines for Cross River at the Margaret Ekpo international Airport with all the medical consumables required administer them.

“The vaccination will start with healthcare workers and , those who are able influence others in the state take the vaccines,” she said.

Also speaking, Mr Julius Idoko, Cross River Coordinator of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA), stated the government had been expecting the vaccines in the last two weeks and they finally arrived.

a logistics committee will be in charge of the cold room where the vaccines will be stored,” said Idoko.

Dr Janet Ekpenyong, Director , Cross River Primary Healthcare Development Agency, added the primary healthcare centres in the state had been mobilised to and that the vaccines were effectively administered. (NAN)