Secretary to the Government of the Federation who is the Chairman Presidential Steering Committee Boss Mustapha revealed that there is still a course of concern with the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria and advised Nigerians to shun non pharmaceutical drugs.
Mustapha made the feeling while speaking at the Northeast Town Hall meeting organized by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 in collaboration with National Primary Health Care Development Agency held in the Banquet Hall, Government House, Yola on Tuesday.
Governors and stakeholders from the six states in the zone deliberated on issues in line with the principle of community engagement towards empowering people with correct information on the COVID-19 vaccine.
SGF who was represented by the Minister of Environment Dr Mohammed Mahmud Abubakar said “the state governments and community leaders in the Northeast zone to mobilize people to come out and receive the second jab of the vaccine.”
In his remark, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire said since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in February 2019 in Nigeria, “the federal government has been proactive towards containing the virus, but has so far claimed over two thousand lives in the country.”
In his goodwill message, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the Minister of State for Education noted that “if the 2.2 million teachers in the country will get vaccinated, they would play a greater role in containing the virus especially in schools across Nigeria.”
In his comment, the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib commended Adamawa state for having the highest number of people that received COVID-19 vaccine in the country, saying “plans underway by Africa to start producing the vaccine in the continent.”
The Director General Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr Chikwe Ikpeazu stressed that the COVID-19 vaccine has the efficacy of saving more lives, “people to join hands with the organization towards containing the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The World Health Organization WHO Country Representative, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo assured the organization’s support to vaccinate ten percent of every population in each country of the World including Nigeria by the end of September this year.
In his address, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa state commended the staff of the Primary Health Development Agency and vaccination teams in Adamawa for their effort and the role played by traditional leaders in that regard.
Represented by his Deputy Governor Chief Crowther Seth, the Governor said over thirty three thousand people have received the first jab of COVID-19 vaccine and called on the citizenry to avail themselves with the second vaccination.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Lamido Adamawa Dr Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Mustafa represented by the Galadima Adamawa, Alhaji Mustafa Aminu appreciated all stakeholders, development partners and health workers in the fight against COVID-19 in the country.
There were also goodwill messages from the governors of Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states.