The Edo State government has expressed concern over allege faking of pregnancy by some women in order to escape Covid-19 vaccination in the State.
On Wednesday September 15, 2021, the government began the enforcement of ‘no evidence of Covid-19 vaccination card, no entry’ into public facilities, government offices across the State and Government House in Benin City, in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The Permanent Secretary, Edo State ministry of Health, Dr. Osamwonyi Irowa disclosed this during Edo State Covid-19 update on Monday in Benin City.
In a bid to check the correct the anomaly, Osamwonyi said people who claim to be pregnant will now made to show proof to Covid-19 enforcers before they are granted access to public facilities, government offices and designated points.
The Permanent Secretary explained that such the evidence of pregnancies must be medically certified by the recognised appropriate health authorities henceforth.
According to him, “People who claim to be pregnant must show proof because we have realised that some persons who are even 70-year-old are presenting themselves as pregnant women because they do not want to take the vaccine.
“So, we need to have proof. If the tummy is big, it is not enough…For those who are obviously not pregnant by appearance. They need to give us proof of pregnancy test confirmation or pregnancy scan becsuse we have realised that some persons are coming to deceive those security agents at the various locations that they are pregnant. They knew that we are allowing pregnant women access.
“Nursing mothers can taken the vaccine. It does not have any negative effects. The physicians will determine if nursing mothers can take Covid-19 vaccine.
“If you see a 70-year-old woman who says I am pregnant, we will not doubt you because with IVF, a lot of things can happen and those proofs must be endorse appropriate authorities that we know and recognised for confirming pregnancies.
On his part, the State team lead on COVID-19 Dr. Ebomwonyi Osagie revealed that five more unvaccinated persons died from Covid-19 disease in Edo State, bringing the total number of mortalities recorded in the third wave of the pandemic in the state to 64.
He said three of the new fatalities were reported from the Stella Obasanjo Hospital, while the other two were confirmed at the Irrua Specialist Hospital (ISTH),
Dr. Ebomownyi explained that since the enforcement began, “we have about 10,000 at s at now (Monday September 20, 2021.
“We had 7960. We usually have an average target of 3,000 daily. With the enforcement, the number of vaccinated people went up. We are still expecting a number of people for vaccination”, according to him.