Prof. Bala Gets Covid-19 Vaccine Jab
• Urges Staff, Students To Get Vaccinated

By Shekwaga Chebawaza

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, fsssn, has received the first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

The Vice-Chancellor received the vaccine today, Thursday, April 1, 2021 at the University Clinic, Bosso Campus, Minna.

Speaking after receiving the vaccine, Prof. Bala expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for making the vaccine available to Nigerians in record time, adding that the vaccination would help the country return to normal life after being disrupted for over a year with the outbreak of the virus.

The University helmsman urged staff, students and the University community to submit themselves to the process, while disclosing that vaccination does not injure or harm people. Also, he advised recipients to rest and drink a lot of water after receiving the vaccine, adding that vaccination reactions do not last more than 24 hours.

Prof. Bala was later presented with a registration card containing the details of the vaccination. The Vice-Chancellor was vaccinated by the Bosso Local Government Area, Community Health Extension Worker, Hajia Kareemah Mohammed Babangida.

On his part, the Director, University Health Services, Dr. Othman Taofeek Adegoke disclosed that the vaccination exercise was in line with the Federal Government’s approved guidelines. He stated that eligible persons are expected to get three doses of the vaccine, adding that the second dose exercise would commence in the month of June, 2021.

He admonished staff and students of the University to get vaccinated at government-designated centres.

Other staff of the University who also got vaccinated include the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Emmanuel Emeka Udensi, fnip; the Registrar, Mr. Amos Nmadu Kolo; the University Librarian, Dr. Katamba Abubakar Saka; former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Akim Osunde; the Dean, School of Infrastructure, Process Engineering and Technology (SIPET), Engr. Prof. Zinash Delebo Osunde, as well as the University health workers, among others.

The University has so far received 60 doses of the vaccine from the Bosso Local Government Council.

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