#COVID19: Lawmaker Wants Gabonese Quarter Heads’ Involvement In Vaccination Campaign

The lawmaker appealed to Quarter heads to help encourage more citizens to get COVID-19 vaccines and also follow the guidelines for reducing spread of the virus.

Edouard Nkoghe, the lawmaker representing Libreville 2nd district constituency in the Gabon Parliament, on Saturday Jan. 15, 2022, urged Quarter heads in Gabon to get involved in COVID-19 vaccination campaigns.

The lawmaker noted that the Gabonese capital has been the epicentre of the pandemic since its outbreak in the country in March 2020.

With more than 30,000 positive cases registered since the pandemic entered Gabonese territory, Libreville is the most hard hit by COVID-19. The capital has also recorded the highest number of fatalities from the virus so far.

To curtail the number of infections and deaths from the virus, Nkoghe called on quarter heads, notables, and senior public officials to convince as many citizens as possible of their various quarters to get themselves vaccinated against COVID-19.

“During this period of a health crisis, you have to support the government response policy against COVID-19 by inviting your populations to respect the barrier measures put in place,” he said.

“Though the vaccine is not mandatory, you have to exhort those you administer to get themselves vaccinated in order to live their normal lives because those who are vaccinated move around freely and those who are not must respect the measures put in place by the government.”

The Gabonese government envisaged vaccinating at least 50 per cent of the national population before lifting the strict barrier measures put in place against COVID-19.

As of Jan. 11, 2022, which is about 10 months after the launching of the national campaign of vaccination against the COVID-19, just about 21.83 per cent of Gabonese have taken the complete doses of the vaccines while 26.57 per cent have taken their first dose.

The current COVID-19 situation in Gabon stands at 45,405 positive cases so far diagnosed with 299 fatalities.

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