Residents of Port Harcourt have disabused the fears that taking COVID 19 vaccine will shorten the life span of those who partake in it.
Some of the residents who took their second dose said they had a healthy body that is the reason they are taking the second dose.
They made this known during awareness talk organised by Rivers State Primary Healthcare Management Board in partnership with Rivers Media for Family Planning at mile 3 motor park Port Harcourt
While some who took the first dose said, they are taken to prevent any diseases and promised to spread the message that the vaccine is not a killer one.
Recall that Residents of Port Harcourt and other parts of Rivers State had decried the worsening emissions of black substances called soot in the atmosphere, with many flooding the social media with pictures of black coloured feet, hands, cars and houses.
This is as residents of the state renew calls for the state and federal government to tackle the deadly air pollution, expressing fears for their health and wellbeing.
One of the residents who spoke to our correspondent said, “I am experiencing the (black) soot every day. The painful part of it is that after talking like this, we don’t see any action from the government.
One Kenneth Green was said to have started the petition which would be sent to the President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nyesom Wike for them to take urgent action and end the soot.
One of the signatories, Joy Daminabo said, “I am signing because the soot is a health hazard and I would rather live a very long and fulfilled life than die because of something that could have been controlled”.
Another signatory, Mfon Eyoma said “I have many friends and relatives living in Rivers State and what is happening is worse than chain smoking.
“It’s a real shame that these illegal refineries have become a permanent feature of the state under successive government and their joint task forces. This official corruption and gross disrespect for public health must stop”.
Though the wearing of facemasks have suffered relapse despite the new variant of COVID-19, including the deadly Omicron, more conscious people now wear mask because of the soot rather than the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our correspondent reports that it has been five years since the soot was first observed in Port Harcourt.
The Rivers State government has attributed the soot to activities of illegal oil refiners, burning of tyres amongst others.