#COVID19: Gabon Moves To Get Medical Personnel Vaccinated

Health workers in Gabon are being reluctant to take the Covid-19 vaccines, despite being frontline workers.

Gabon launched a national Covid-19 vaccination campaign on March 24, 2021 but since then only 74,000 Gabonese out of a population of about 2 million, have turned up at vaccination centres to take the jab.

Among the most reluctant segments of the Gabonese national community are personnel of the medical corps who are expected to be at the forefront of the campaign.

To reverse the situation within the medical corps, Guy Patrick Obiang Ndong, Gabon’s Minister of Health, on Aug. 20, initiated a strategy for the intensification of the sensitisation of health personnel to get their cooperation for the vaccination.

Leaders of health structures in Libreville, the national capital, are being called upon to reflect on whether vaccination be obligatory for health personnel. They are being charged to bring out possible solutions that could reverse the negative approach by health personnel towards vaccination.

According to the Minister, being at the frontline of the fight against COVID-19, medical personnel must seriously be conscious of the importance of getting themselves vaccinated to avoid being the vessels of transmission of the virus.

The minister has reminded his collaborators of guidelines given by the Gabonese President, Ali Bongo Ondimba, according to which “the only efficacious way of stopping the propagation of the virus is through vaccination.”

To best pass the message and achieve the cooperation of the health personnel, the Minister of Health will in the next few days begin a sensitisation tour to various health structures in the country.

During the course of the current meetings with the various leaders of the health structures, the minister invited them to bring the statistics on the vaccination situation of the personnel working in their various establishments.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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