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General News of Friday, 31 December 2021

Source: punchng.com

Amidst rising coronavirus infections, 258 vaccine side effect cases recorded

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Nigeria’s confirmed COVID-19 infection cases have surpassed 240,000.

This is as Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states have reported no fewer than 258 cases of adverse effects following immunisation.

The PUNCH reports that COVID-19 cases in Nigeria have continued to increase following the discovery of the new variant of the disease.

The Omicron variant, which has also been designated a variant of concern, has continued to cause surges in COVID-19 cases all over the world.

Though experts and the World Health Organisation have said the Omicron may not lead to an increase in the number of deaths, early studies and observation of trends have continued to reveal that there has been an increase in the rate of hospitalisation.

For example, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control stated that as of December 30, no fewer than 23,855 cases were currently on admission in 33 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The centre also noted that a total of 3,028 had died, while the total number of confirmed cases was 240,374.

Meanwhile, an analysis of the health sector report for Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states published by the Federal Ministry of Health and development partners has revealed that no fewer than 258 individuals reported adverse effects following immunisation.

For Borno State, the report stated, “On adverse effects following immunisation, 74 non-serious cases of AEFIs were reported across nine LGAs for Moderna first and second doses. In addition, eight non-serious AEFI from the Astrazeneca vaccine were reported during the first dose and second dose. In Yobe, the report stated that a total of 137 non-serious AEFIs had been reported. While for Adamawa state, it noted that during the first dose vaccination, a total of 20 non-serious AEFIs were reported across two LGAs and 10 serious AEFIs were reported from one LGA. While for the second dose vaccination, a total of 19 non-serious AEFIs were reported from four LGAs."

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