COVID 19: Nigeria to get 80 million doses of vaccines in 2021, another 60 million in 2022 – Fayemi ,,,Canvasses increased investment in health security

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The Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum
(NGF), Dr. Kayode Fayemi has revealed that about 80 million doses of
covid-19 vaccines would soon be available in the country to immunize
40 percent of the population this year.
This, he said was part of measures being put in place to stem the tide
of the deadly virus this year, adding that another batch of 60 million
doses would arrive in 2022.
Governor Fayemi disclosed this on Tuesday while delivering a paper:
‘The role of Nigeria’s State Governments in Recovery: Responses to
covid-19 linked Challenges” at the Chatham House Africa Programme. The
conference was moderated by Elizabeth Donnelly, Deputy Director and
Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House.
Dr. Fayemi at the virtual conference which held via Zoom, said the
amount of vaccines being expected was released by the National Primary
Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), during a meeting of the
National Economic Council (NEC) last week.
He however said that beyond government’s procurement of vaccines, the
NGF has remained a strong proponent of the utilization of
public-private partnerships in vaccines procurement as a means of
closing the gap between what is available and what is necessary to
achieve herd immunity.
Speaking further, Dr. Fayemi, disclosed that the country had conducted
about 1.3 million tests of which 131,242 persons (10 percent) tested
positive to the virus with case fatality rate of 1.2 percent.
He said: “As at today, Nigeria has tested 1.3m persons for COVID-19,
with 10% (131,242) of these confirmed positive. Compared with the
global and Africa’s Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 2.2% and 2.5%
respectively, Nigeria has fared better with a CFR of 1.2%.
“Six States (Lagos, FCT, Plateau, Kaduna, Oyo and Rivers) have
contributed 70% of confirmed cases, with Lagos the commercial nerve of
the country contributing about 40% of total burden. Data indicates
that men appear to be disproportionately affected accounting for 69%
of the confirmed cases. Most cases occur in people aged 31-40 years.”
Discussing efforts of the government at minimizing the effect of the
pandemic on public health and economic growth, Dr. Fayemi explained
that the private sector through Coalition Against Covid-19 (CACOVID)
collaborated with the State and Federal governments in raising more
than $75 million to provide medical supplies, equipment, isolation and
treatment centers and food for the vulnerable in the society.
This, he said was in addition to the expansion of laboratories
services across the 36 states and the federal capital territory and
training of about 45,000 health workers across the country on
infection, prevention and control measures.
“On prevention, we continue to communicate and inform the public on
the need to adhere to safety protocols and provide the necessary
information to improve awareness about the disease. Both at Federal
and State levels, messages to increase awareness about the pandemic,
safety protocols to be taken and how/where to get treated are
constantly published on print and electronic media.
“We are also on the offensive with respect to ensuring people comply
with the safety protocols in place. Only last week, Mr. President
signed the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations, which provided
guidance on gatherings, operations in public places, mandatory
compliance with treatment protocols, penalties and enforcement.
“When Nigeria reported its first case in late February 2020, only four
laboratories in the country could test for COVID-19. By October 2020,
testing capacity had expanded to over 70 laboratories across the 36+1
States. The scale up of laboratory services was important given the
size of the country and the need to rapidly obtain results for
suspected cases. As at December 2020, more than 45,000 health workers
have been trained across the country on infection, prevention and
control measures.” He said.
Dr. Fayemi, pointed out the need to shift approach from emergency
response to strengthening the sustainability of the country health
system and the need to utilize the potential to produce approved
vaccines in Nigeria and gain better level of independence in the area
of vaccine research.
He called for increased investment in health security and public
health emergencies by state governments with recommendation on the
need for each State to establish its own Centre for Disease Control in
the country.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is perhaps our biggest lesson around this, as
the pandemic has affected all spheres of the economy. Nigeria now has
a National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS) that includes a
multi-sectorial approach to prepare for and respond to disease
outbreaks.” He added.

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