The World Health Organization, WHO says steps are being taken to address the reported rejection of Covid-19 cards of Nigerians travelling into Europe and America.
State Representative of WHO, Faith Ireye disclosed this while giving update on Covid-19 briefing in Friday in Benin City, Edo State Capital.
According to her, Yes, we have seen it. We have heard it and something is being down about it.
“The analysis that has been carried out throughout the world, WHO has said that Nigeria is 4th best Country in the world. It will not apply to Nigeria. It has been discussed extensively. Something is being done. We are one of the best and it can’t apply to us”.
Mr. Pius Ononigwe, representative of Africa Centre for Disease Control in Edo State who corroborated the view of the WHO Representatives, assured that the issue is “currently being discussed at the United Nations General Assembly, UNGA and WHO Africa Regional Representatives meeting, Africa CDC.
He stated that All the vaccines in use in Edo State “received emergency use listing from WHO, which were brought from Europe and America”, adding that Nigerian government has obtained a strong commitment that the vaccine is safe.
“I also want to appeal to Edo Citizens that it does not make sense for one to get he first dose of Covid-19 which gives partial protection that does not last.
“The second dose is supposed to actually give a very sustained immunity and when we take our first does and we do not come for the second dose, you find out that that person may have gotten little or no protection and he is still among the susceptible population”, according to him.
In a remark, Permanent Secretary, Edo State ministry of Health, Dr. Osawmonyi Irowa, charged residents of the State to take health safety protocol seriously and assured the safety of the vaccine.
“We have vaccinated well over 100,000 persons in Edo State.
We have Scientific proof. Nobody has passed through that channel that we are not in control in terms of adverse effects.
“In all, we have come out bodily to own up to the vaccines that we give so that even if you have issues, come back to us. We display our numbers.
“…The Governor himself is the lead for the response. He is not hiding even though some people try to bring political tones to it. It is not political. It is all about our wellbeing and our welfare because government is actually responsible for our security and safety. And safety in our health sector is what we have taken ownership of the vaccine”, he said.
In a presentation, Head of the State’s COVID-19 Case Management, Dr. Ebomwonyi Osagie urged residents to come out to get vaccinated against the deadly COVID-19 virus in order to remain safe and healthy.
He noted that infections and mortalities have continued to rise in the wake of the third wave of the pandemic in the State.
He said the state recorded one more death of an unvaccinated person, with seven new COVID-19 cases, urging residents to get vaccinated in order to stay protected against the virus.
He also said over 98 percent of persons who have died from the virus in the third wave of the pandemic in the state were unvaccinated, while over 96 percent of confirmed cases are those who were never vaccinated.