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Lagos PDP flags off COVID-19 relief outreach

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By Joshua Timi

The Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State has rolled out relief initiatives to alleviate the sufferings of indigent Lagosians,as the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic persists,afflicting both the high and mighty in the nations of the world.

Kickstarting the first phase of the scheme,Engineer Adedeji Doherty,the Lagos State PDP Chairman notes that the lapses observed in the state government’s relief scheme, where several indigent Lagosians were clearly not reached necessitated the initiative.

 Doherty said rather than just faulting the inadequacy in the state government’s palliatives arrangement, the party choose to attend to the needs of those deliberately  schemed out of its scope of coverage.

He  said,”We saw what the State Government was doing and believed that we could not wait and criticized whatever they were doing wrongly or rightly at this time but to assist both our party members, sympathisers and general residents in various communities.
 “Who were deliberately being sidelined in the distribution of the government managed relief/ palliative scheme .

“As Chairman of the PDP I wrote two open letters to the Governor, regarding this abnormality and he responded by saying that the process was hijacked by some elements in his administration”.

Speaking about the modalities in place to sustain the relief plan, tagged “ LAGOS PDP COVID-19 RELIEF INITIATIVE “,especially to the deliberately sideline frame in the state.
Doherty stated that the relief is meant for distribution across 57 LGAs/LCDAs in the state.

“We went on to create a whatsapp platform of about 100 members made up of personal friends and Party faithfuls, who I pleaded with and finally got them to contribute towards assisting most of those that might have been sidelined along the line.

“The relief initiative has the following materials as donated by our donors;Noodles,Fredh baked Bread and vegetable oil are distributed on a House to House basis! While some were enough to reach all the LCDAs some materials couldn’t .

“We are of the opinion that Government would and can not reach everyone anyway, even if the process was perfect and as such we had to ignore our party differences and take part in achieving the goal the Government had set for itself and the state as a whole. 

“Our program is still ongoing as we are still receiving more relief materials and we are getting ready to do the next round of distribution.

To ensure probity, the Lagos PDP boss hinted that all payments were and is being made directly to Honeywell Flour mills but PDP relief written as payee including the donors name . 

” We had also instructed our Coordinators to be fair in the distribution of the food items which we delivered to them with the assistance of the Nigerian Peace Corp, who helped monitor the distribution and supervised the Social Distancing order which was put in place by Government. 

 “However we believe that this would and cannot also be enough to go round and that is why we intend  to make it an ongoing program, even after the COVID 19 Crises is over .” Doherty said. 

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These are the centres for Covid-19 vaccination in Lagos

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Lagosians who are willing to take the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine have been given a list of 88 centres where they can go to receive the vaccine, across Lagos.

The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has been declared safe by the World Health Organization (WHO), but that most vaccines have some common side effects, which are not unique to the COVID-19 vaccine and which typically only last for 24 to 48 hours.

These are the centres:

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COVID-19 vaccine is safe!, Sanwo-olu assures Lagosians

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Lagosians have been given the assurance that the COVID-19 vaccine being administered in the state, is safe for human use. There has been a widespread fear among residents that the AstraZeneca vaccine causes grave side effects on people that have been inoculated with it.

The State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday reassured Lagosians that the vaccine is safe, claiming that he did not feel any side effects as claimed by some persons.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who received the AstraZeneca vaccine alongside his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, health practitioners, frontline workers and journalists, among others last Friday at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) Yaba, said he felt no symptom after taking the vaccine.

He said: “I didn’t feel any side effects after taking the shot”.

Speaking to journalists at the Lagos House, Ikeja on Monday, Governor Sanwo-Olu said there is nothing to worry about the vaccine. He therefore encouraged Lagosians, especially those on the frontlines to come forward and get vaccinated.

He said: “It has been three days since I was vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine and the deputy governor too has had his own shot. I can confirm to you that I felt no after effect at all. I didn’t have any headache, malaria or any symptom whatsoever. It was well received.

“Like I mentioned on Friday, I think all of the speculation that is going round is really unfounded. I have taken the vaccine and we have seen that Lagos has continued to vaccinate the frontline health workers. And so, let us use this medium again to inform our citizens well that the vaccines; the one we have, AstraZeneca, is safe and is of no negative consequence. And I for one do not have any. I have also asked around.

“So, there is nothing for us to get worried about. It is just to take it easy and let us encourage others that are on the frontlines to come forward and get vaccinated.”

Also speaking to journalists to corroborate Governor Sanwo-Olu’s position on the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine, Dr. Hamzat said he felt no symptom after he received the shot last Friday. “No symptom at all. Nothing,” he said.

It would be recalled that the first jab of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was administered in Lagos State last week. Prof. Abayomi kicked off the vaccine rollout programme after he got the first jab of the serum supplied by the Federal Government.

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Lagos Assembly to Sanwo-Olu: Ensure strict enforcement of COVID-19 rules

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The Lagos House of Assembly on Monday called on the governor of the state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to commence very tough enforcement of the COVID-19 protocols among residents of the state.

The House said its decision follows the outright disregard for the protocols against the pandemic by some residents and visitors to the state.

The members of the House also asked the governor to call on the state’s commissioner for information, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, to embark on enlightenment campaigns and education of the people concerning the dangerous effects of the pandemic on the society.

Prior to the decision of the lawmakers, Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, noted that the state, just like the country, cannot afford another lockdown because of the adverse effect such would have on the economy.

Speaker Obasa said there was need for more enlightenment because COVID-19 in the state and country was taking a dreadful dimension.

He noted that the life of every single individual in Lagos remains precious and as such, there must be conscious efforts to protect the residents.

Kicking off the debate, the acting chairman of the House committee on health, Hon. Hakeem Sokunle (Oshodi/Isolo 1), had raised concerns over the new wave of COVID-19 in the state.

Sokunle told his colleagues that before now, only few patients needed oxygen.

The situation, he said, has changed as over 80 percent of patients now needing oxygen.

He proposed that apart from enlightenment, there should strict compliance to the COVID-19 protocols as well as the cancelling social engagements.

He also urged that wearing of face masks should be enforced.

Sokunle’s position was supported by Olowo and other lawmakers.

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