Kano residents reject COVID-19 vaccination
Kano residents are not willing to take the AstraZenica Vaccine, a survey by newsmen showed on Thursday.
Most of the centres designated for administration of the vaccine were visibly deserted.
Medical personnel charged with the responsibility of administering the vaccine were also not on their duty posts.
A team of journalists supervising the vaccination exercise in Kano visited supposed vaccination areas, including the Coordinating Centre at Abdullahi Wase Hospital but saw empty places.
In Kano state, convincing the people the vaccine is safe is the biggest challenge faced by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, who was not in the state as at filling this report.
Majority of the over 20 million population in Kano believe everything about the virus is a scam.
Kano received 209,520 doses of the vaccine for the first phase of the exercise.
When reporters asked about whereabouts of the medical officers administering the vaccine, they were told they went to the palace of the Emir of Kano to launch the Kano Municipal Vaccination exercise.
However, on reaching the emir’s palace, a few medical officials were seen rushing to the Wali House, apparently to administer the vaccine on him.
The medical officials turned down questions on the number of persons vaccinated as well as the general responds in Kano. They zoomed off in a posh car.
Reporters also went to Murtala Muhammed Hospital where Governor Ganduje took the vaccine.
There, medical officials in charge of administering the vaccine opened up on how they were having problems registering prospective persons.
“We are having serious problems processing data, because there is no network for people register. The few ones we have vaccinated used their international passport before we vaccinated them,” one of them said.
The doctors disclosed they commenced vaccination exercise at about 11.30am and as at 2pm, only 10 persons, using their international passports, were vaccinated.
Commissioner of Health, Dr Ibrahim Tsanyawa, didn’t pick calls or respond to SMS.