The Savannah Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mr Issaka Zitor, has urged members of the public to disregard negative conspiracy theories about the Covid-19 vaccine.
According to him, the Commission has been mandated to sensitize members of the public on the Covid-19 vaccine and to demystify the misconceptions and negative theories about the vaccine among some members of the public.
Mr Zitor said this when he appeared on Yagbon Radio morning show” Tea cup” on March 03, 2021, to educate the public on the need to avail themselves for the covid-19 jab when the vaccine is roll out in the Savannah Region.
According to him, “It is obvious that the negative information about the vaccine cannot be sustained,” after the president of the country and other prominent citizens have taken the jab and hence urged the general public to get vaccinated when the vaccine is roll out in the Region.
He explained that the vaccination exercise is in three phases, beginning with health workers, people with known underlying health conditions and security personnel with the exclusion of pregnant women and children below eighteen years.
Mr Zitor said the vaccination was a complementary measure to slow down the rate of spread of the virus and did not mean that once people were vaccinated, adherence to the established protocols should seize.
He added that there are currently 23 active cases of covid-19 in the Region and hence implored the general public to continue observing the safety protocols spelt out by GHS and WHO in safeguarding ourselves against the spread of the virus.
Mr Zitor debunked claims that COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility in men and women but would rather boost one’s immunity against the virus.
“We used to have cases of measles and polio among children under five years but now these diseases are of the past now due to vaccination,the covid-19 vaccines are equally safe”, said Mr Zitor.
He said the vaccines were scientifically verified by the World Health Organisation and fit for purpose, urging residents of the Region to come out in their numbers to get vaccinated when the vaccines get to the Region.
Mr Zitor again implored the general public to be on the watch out for symptoms related to the deadly virus Ebola and said Guinea has recently recorded 7 cases with 3 deaths and for the matter we should police our borders as citizens to stop the migration of irregular migrants into the country.
The NCCE Director also seized the opportunity to educate the public on the duties of Parliamentarians and said that people did not know the roles, duties, and responsibilities of MPs and due to that put undue pressure on the legislators by their expectations and demands.
According to him, the basic work of a parliamentarian is to make laws for the country and report to his or her constituents on the happenings in the Parliament House of the country.