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One Reason COVID-19 Remains A Dangerous Threat In Nigeria

One Reason COVID-19 Remains A Dangerous Threat In Nigeria.

COVID-19 Committee chairman Boss Mustapha has revealed one reason the virus remains a health threat.

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Mustapha who is the secretary to the Government of Nigeria on COVID-19 said this on Wednesday.

According to him, 50 per cent of Nigerians have not received full vaccination. 

He revealed that this had made it difficult to meet the deadline of 50 per cent vaccine by the first quarter of 2022.

Mustapha revealed that 56.6 million people make up 50 per cent.

He further warned that measures should be observed in reducing the threat of the virus.

In data obtained from the National primary health care development agency;

  • 19, 940, 020 persons have been partially vaccinated.
  • 12, 139, 797 persons have been fully vaccinated

This data was concluded on March 29.

The NPHCDA particularly lamented the poor uptake of the vaccine in the South-east and South-south regions.

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Bayelsa state had the least number with 58, 498 persons partially vaccinated.

The States with the poorest outcome are:

  • Bayelsa.
  • Ebonyi.
  • Anambra.
  • Imo.
  • Akwa-Ibom.

While the states with the highest outcome for vaccinated persons are:

  • Nasarawa.
  • Jigawa.
  • Kano.
  • FCT.
  • Ogun.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, gave an update on the number of cases in Nigeria.

The number of COVID-19 Infections is 255,341.

The number of discharged persons: 249, 566.

The total number of deaths is 3,142.

On the NPHCDA Facebook page, Boss Mustapha warned Nigerians to be vigilant.

He said:

” “It is not over yet. The pandemic is still with us as we remain at the battlefront, mixed with successes and failures.

“We have a target to reach 56.6m (50%) eligible Nigerians by Q1 2022 and we are far from this target.

“With the launch of the Service Delivery, Communication, Accountability, Logistics, Electronic Reporting and Supportive Supervision 2.0 strategy by NPHCDA, COVID-19 vaccination sites are now accessible at both private and public primary, secondary and tertiary health facilities as well as mass vaccination sites such as markets, airports and worship centres.”

“With a strengthened and improved health system, we are confident that Nigeria will exit the pandemic with a strengthened health system that will be able to resist shocks caused by disease outbreaks and other mutating variants of the COVID-19 virus.”

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NPHCDA has started a campaign labelled SCALES 2.0.

The campaign is to ramp up the uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine by establishing mass vaccination sites.

The vaccination sites are in public places like markets, parks, shopping malls, schools, mosques and churches.

Source: PUNCH Health Wise

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