Anambra Creates COVID-19 Vaccination Centres in LGAs, as Rural Dwellers Shun Vaccination

By Ikeugonna Eleke

The Anambra State Government has created COVID-19 vaccination centres in all the 21 local government areas of the state.

The State Ministry for Health, in an announcement, said three to five centres had been created in all the local governments of the state, depending on their size and population.

The announcement read, “Vaccination will be at designated health facilities. We have an average of 3-5 vaccination centres per LGA,

with a few special units.”

Meanwhile, 10 vaccination centres have been created in Awka, the state capital, and are expected to deliver the vaccines to residents between 18th and 27th March, 2021.

The centres include, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital Awka; Primary Health Centre Amawbia; Nibo and Okpuno.

Others are Secretariat Clinic; Govt House Clinic; House of Assembly Clinic; Judiciary Headquarters; Police Clinic; CPS, Amawbia, and Govt Lodge, Amawbia.

A visit to COOUTH centre showed few residents of the state undergoing documentation in order to receive vaccination.

In rural areas, Fides gathered that there had been apathy among dwellers in receiving the vaccine.

A lawyer, Mr Tony Okafor, said he was at a health centre in his village (Agulu) last Tuesday and that when COVID-19 vaccinators walked in, everybody at the health centre ran away.

‘People are still not comfortable with the vaccines,’ he said.