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Health News of Thursday, 15 December 2022


COVID-19: 54 million Nigerians fully vaccinated - Fed Govt

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The Federal Government has said that about 54 million Nigerians have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, representing 53 per cent of the targeted eligible population.

It further stated that while 60 million Nigerians are partially vaccinated, representing 63 per cent of the eligible population, Nigeria is getting closer to achieving its target of vaccinating 70 per cent of eligible persons by the end of 2022.

The Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, who made these known during the agency’s COVID-19 performance review meeting in Abuja, also praised Nasarawa Abdullahi Sule for his sundry contributions to ramping-up COVID-19 vaccination and routine immunization in his state.

He said: “One thing that we have done today is to use examples like what we are seeing in Nasarawa State where the Governor is front and centre in terms of providing the resources for primary health care. We have seen it in Jigawa, Kwara, Kaduna, Borno states and a number of states where the Governors are mobilizing traditional and religious leaders, and giving the correct information about COVID-19 vaccination and routine immunization.

“In terms of the numbers, we have been able to reach around 54 million that are fully vaccinated and over 60 million that have taken the first dose. In the end, every single shot counts. We are trying to see a situation such that even if there is another strain of COVID-19 virus, it is not going to have such a negative effect on our populace.”

Sule said: “The moment you know that you want to be a leader, and do A, B, C and D, and you know your targets, KPIs, and how you want to achieve that, once you do that, by God’s Grace you will be successful. Dr. Faisal is somebody we are proud of. As a matter of fact, during the COVID-19, not only us, but the whole world have come to realize what kind of person he is.”