In a bid to curb the spread of covid-19, Ogun State Government in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) has begun an intense sensitisation campaign for people living with HIV/AIDS, as it prepares to vaccinate 50% of the population in the ongoing nationwide mass vaccination against Covid-19.
The government and the WHO carried out the sensitisation campaign in 4 local government areas of the state namely Abeokuta North, Abeokuta South, Ifo, Ijebu-Ode and Sagamu.
Speaking on the strategic vaccination exercise, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, said the move was an integrated service, which allowed the government to incorporate HIV into Covid-19 vaccination, describing it as a one-stop shop that made the use of health resources more efficient.
According to Coker, since the people living with HIV had compromised immunity, given their susceptibility to infections, it is important to provide them the vaccine to avoid unnecessary mortality.
She said the routine check-up of people living with HIV/AIDS would give the health workers access to them without stress, noting that the Ogun State Government was committed to protecting various vulnerable groups in the society.