COVID-19: FRONTLINE HEALTH WORKERS’LL BE FIRST BENEFICIARIES OF VACCINES — FG, WHO, UNICEF

Written by on March 1, 2021

AS NIGERIA EXPECTS TO RECEIVE ABOUT FOUR MILLION DOSES OF THE ASTRAZENECA COVID-19 VACCINES, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION, WHO, AND UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUND, UNICEF, HAVE SAID FRONTLINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS WOULD BE THE FIRST BENEFICIARIES.

A STATEMENT JOINTLY SIGNED YESTERDAY BY THE NATIONAL PRIMARY HEALTHCARE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY, NPHCDA, THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION, WHO AND THE UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUND,UNICEF, SAID THE COUNTRY PLANNED TO VACCINATE AT LEAST 70% OF ELIGIBLE NIGERIANS AGED 18 YEARS AND ABOVE IN FOUR PHASES WITHIN TWO YEARS.

NIGERIA IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE DELIVERY OF 3.92 MILLION DOSES OF THE COVID-19 VACCINE TOMORROW, ACCORDING TO CHAIRMAN OF THE PRESIDENTIAL TASKFORCE ON COVID-19 AND SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION, SGF, BOSS MUSTAPHA.

THE DELIVERY WILL MARK THE FIRST ARRIVAL OF COVID-19 VACCINE IN THE COUNTRY AND MAKE NIGERIA THE NEXT WEST AFRICAN COUNTRY TO BENEFIT FROM THE COVAX FACILITY AFTER GHANA, AND COTE D’IVOIRE.

THE STATEMENT, SIGNED BY THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF NPHCDA, DR. FAISAL SHUAIB, SAYS THE ARRIVAL OF THE VACCINE WOULD ENABLE THE NATIONAL PRIMARY HEALTH CARE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY, NPHCDA, TO COMMENCE THE VACCINATION OF NIGERIANS IN PRIORITY GROUPS, STARTING WITH THE FRONTLINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS.

 


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