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COVID-19 3rd wave: Edo Taskforce monitors vaccination in mosques

The Edo State Government COVID-19 Response Team at the weekend monitored the COVID-19 vaccination exercise in mosques in Benin metropolis, applauding the uptake in vaccination across the state.

A member of the state COVID-19 Response team and Health Educator, Edo State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ESPHDA), Irene Uabor, monitored the exercise.

The mosques visited by the team include Masjid -Al-Qudus Mosque, Akenzua; Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at Mosque, Stadium Road; Anwar-ul- Islam Movement, Benin Mission; Central Mosque,Lagos Street and Edo State Muslim Pilgrims Welware Board Mosque, Dumez Road, Benin City, among others.

Chief Imam of Benin Central Mosque, Sheikh Abdultafah Enabulele, commended the vaccination exercise and government's effort in partnering with different stakeholders in creating access to the vaccines.

According to him, "It is a good thing to get vaccinated. We are very happy that the government has provided opportunity to vaccinate people in the state. We want to appreciate the governor for his passionate appeal and good intentions for Edo people. The exercise is in line with his duty to protect the lives and livelihoods of Edo people. The vaccine is safe, effective and free."

Enabulele encouraged Edo people to come forward to get vaccinated, noting that the Governor means well for everyone, adding, "The governor wants us to live well and be safe. That is why he is encouraging people to go and take the vaccine. When you take it, it will help to build our immune system and protect us against coronavirus."

He said the COVID-19 vaccines are just like other vaccines that people have taken in the past such as those for yellow fever, polio and small pox.

He added: "There's no big deal. I am appealing to every one of us to take the vaccines. As Muslim faithful, we have been told in clear terms not cause destruction when we know there's a pandemic ravaging the world. The virus is killing people."

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