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 to update Nigerians on the extent of vaccination in the country.
Dr. Shuaib also said a total number of eight thousand four hundred and thirty nine mild adverse effects has been recorded following the immunisation.
“These range from pain, swelling at the site of the inoculation, to body pains and nausea. Similarly, 52 cases of moderate to severe incidents of AEFI have been reported.”
According to him” “These presented as fever, vomiting, diarrhea headaches, dizziness and allergic reactions. Five states have the highest records of the AEFI namely: Kaduna (970) Cross River (859), Yobe (541), Kebbi (511), and Lagos (448).
“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 & the vaccine. At this stage, different countries are taking different approaches.”
The Executive Director who stressed that government remained resolute in the fight against the virus explained that relevant authorities would be investigating to determine the connection between medical incidence 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.”
“What this number means is that these are the people who have their information already uploaded on our data base, while others are awaiting upload, potentially due to network problems & the high traffic of those coming in to take their shots at the same time.”
Dr Executive Director of NPHCDA also expressed pleasure that the initial challenges experienced by Kogi State citizens in accessing the vaccine has been resolved by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19.
Dr Shuaib also revealed plans to engage with Nigerians at the community level by organizing town hall meetings to facilitate discussions around 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 vaccine process.
On blood clotting in some European countries, Dr. Molumbo said WHO was reviewing data to ascertain the cause of the incident.
He gave assurance that his organization would not relent in its effort to support the government urged Nigerians to still adhere strictly to COVID nineteen protocols.