17 April 2021 by Florence Adewale
Over one million targeted Nigerians have been vaccinated against COVID-19 across the country.
The Executive Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib made this known at a joint news conference by NPHCDA and WHO in Abuja.
Dr. Shuaib said a total number of eight thousand four hundred and thirty nine mild adverse effects were recorded following the immunisation.
The Executive Director who stressed that government remained resolute in the fight against the virus explained that relevant authorities would investigate to determine the connection between medical incidences and the vaccines in the cases of reactions.
According to Shuaib “When incidents, no matter how rare, appear in populations receiving the vaccine, relevant authorities must investigate to determine whether there may be a connection between the medical incident and the vaccine. At this stage, different countries are taking different approaches. in Nigeria, since the vaccination program was officially rolled out on 19″ of April 2021, a total of 8,439 mild Adverse events following immunization (AEFI) have been reported.”
Dr Executive Director of NPHCDA also expressed pleasure that the initial challenges experienced by Kogi State citizens in accessing the vaccine had been resolved by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19.
Dr Shuaib also said plans were underway to engage Nigerians at the community level by organizing town hall meetings to facilitate discussions on COVID-19 vaccination in Nigeria.
“The venues for the meetings across the geopolitical Zones are Lafia, Yola, Asaba, Kano, Owerri and Lagos.” He added
On his part, the World Health Organisation Country Representative, Dr. Walter Molumbo, commended Nigeria for the success recorded so far in the vaccination.
On blood clotting in some European countries, Dr. Molumbo said WHO was reviewing data to ascertain the cause of the incident.
Dr Molumbo who gave assurance that his organization would not relent in its effort to support the government urged Nigerians to continue to adhere strictly to COVID nineteen protocols.