Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti
The Chief Medical Director, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, Prof. Adekunle Ajayi, says availability of vaccines for COVID-19 should not overshadow the observance of safety and preventive protocols.
Ajayi, during the presentation of Long Service Awards to members of staff of the hospital who have served for 20 years without blemish, charged the recipients to contribute more to the development of the teaching hospital.
“The best form of prevention in infectious diseases is hygiene; that is an issue that we must not let down.
“We must continue to talk about hygiene — personal hygiene, community hygiene and basic things — use face mask, wash your hands, use hand sanitisers, maintain the appropriate distance and avoid crowded areas,” he said.
The FETHI CMD said the hospital was prepared for the second wave of the COVID-19 as it had sensitised the academic community and procured sufficient protective gadgets.
He said, “Take responsibility to ensure that you are not infected. When you take responsibility to protect yourself, you are indirectly protecting the several people around you. Because if you are not infected you can’t infect others.
“The messages in that line are still as strong as they were when the pandemic started. The presence of vaccine should never overshadow those messages.
“The vaccine will play a very vital role in boosting immunity, reducing the severity of illness when one is infected and thereby also reduce the rate of death from infection.
“We are appealing to our people to readily accept the vaccines; they are not killers but life savers.
“Health professionals have used vaccines over the years to tackle infectious diseases. This one is not going to be an exception.
“We are lucky that we have been able to get the vaccine even ahead of the expected time,” Ajayi said.
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