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Northern governors agree to get vaccine

NEWSMAN, Jos – Governors under the auspices of the Northern States’ Governors Forum (NSGF) have agreed to take the first doses of the vaccine, when they arrive in the country.

Chairman of the forum and Plateau State Governor Lalong, in a statement by the Secretary to State Government (SSG), Prof. Danladi Atu, at a webinar organised by Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation (SABMF), where the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine was discussed revealed that in a bid to tackle fears and controversies surrounding the vaccines, “We the northern governors have agreed to take the first doses of the vaccines”.

Managing director and chief executive officer of the foundation, Abubakar Gambo Umar, in his welcome address to kick start the webinar, said it was aimed at sensitising the public and providing answers to issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the vaccines.

The webinar featured a team of medical experts, who gave their opinions about the COVID-19 vaccines, its safety and efficacy.

In their presentations, Executive Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Dr. Faisal Shu’aibu and a pioneer epidemiologist, Prof. Abdulsalam Nasidi, gave insight into the efficacy of the vaccines.

Shuaibu said the projection was that 70 per cent of Nigerians would be vaccinated over the period of two years, adding that in the first phase, 40 per cent of the population will be vaccinated. In the second phase, 39 per cent of the population is expected to be vaccinated.

In doing so, risk communication strategies would be implemented across the different phases of the COVID-19 vaccine introduction, he said.

A lecturer from the Department of Community Medicine of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Prof. Clara Ejembi, emphasised that vaccination does not prevent infection and stressed the need for people to continue to practice preventive measures,The Nation reported.

Others who spoke on the subject matter include an epidemiologist and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investments, Dr. Nasiru Sani Gwarzo, Director of Centre for Infectious Diseases, Bayero University Kano Prof. Zubairu Iliyasu, Director, Centre for Urologic Oncology, Northwestern University Chicago USA, Prof. Sarki Abba, and Executive Secretary of Nasarawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency (NSPHCDA), Dr. Muhammed Adis, among others.

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