Nigeria’s federal authorities has assured residents that Covid-19 vaccines is not going to be hijacked or diverted by any group outdoors the distribution plan. There have been rising considerations that politicians could hijack the Covid-19 vaccines, billed to reach the nation subsequent month.
Recent announcement of the formulation for the distribution of the highly anticipated 100,000 doses of vaccines has additionally sparked off apprehension amongst Nigerians over a attainable hijack or diversion of the vaccines.
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), nonetheless, mentioned it is very important douse the nervousness amongst the folks over how authorities can be deploying the preliminary few portions of vaccines.
NPHCDA, at a webinar press briefing, had let go the sharing formulation for the 100,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
According to the information from NPHCDA, the company gave the proposed distribution breakdown of the vaccines as: Kano, 3,557; Lagos, 3,131; Katsina, 2,361; Kaduna, 2,074; Bauchi, 1,900; Oyo, 1,848; Rivers, 1,766; Jigawa, 1,712; Niger, 1,558; Ogun, 1,473; Sokoto, 1,468; Benue, 1,423; Borno, 1,416; Anambra, 1,379; Kebbi, 1,268; Zamfara, 1,336; Delta, 1,306; Imo, 1,267; Ondo, 1,228; and Akwa Ibom, 1,161.
Others are Adamawa, 1,129; Edo, 1,104; Plateau, 1,089; Enugu, 1,088; Osun, 1,032; Kogi, 1,030; Cross River, 1,023; Abia, 955; Gombe, 908; Yobe, 842; Ekiti, 830; Taraba, 830; Kwara, 815; Ebonyi, 747; Bayelsa, 589; FCT, 695 and Nasarawa, 661.
The sharing formulation has since generated concern amongst some state governments, which expressed dismay over the yardstick utilized by the federal authorities in arriving at what they described because the unfair formulation.
Also there are fears that vaccine distribution could quickly be marred with related controversy that trailed the federal authorities’s implementation of the job creation scheme for 774,000 unskilled youths.
However, the Executive Director of the NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, in a phone interview on Sunday, mentioned the fears that the vaccines can be diverted by politicians are unfounded.
He mentioned: “NPHCDA will be entrusted with the vaccines for all Nigerians. Any fear that the vaccines would be diverted by politicians is unfounded. We will prioritise our health workers, strategic country leadership, the elderly, those with other underlying health conditions.
“These are ideas probably brought about by the anxieties over how we will be deploying the initial few quantities of vaccines. However, we expect that after the first few doses of vaccines, we will get more vaccines subsequently.
“Over the next few months, vaccine production will pick up, more candidate vaccines will be approved, supply will improve and the cost of vaccines will eventually drop.”
The company had defined throughout a sensitisation programme for the media in Abuja that the primary batch of the vaccines can be administered to a choose group of Nigerians, with 50,000 of them given two doses of the vaccine every inside 21 days.
A technical working group for the vaccine is headed by Shuaib to coordinate the implementation of the vaccination within the nation.
Shuaib had mentioned any vaccine going to be deployed in Nigeria should be examined by NAFDAC and authorized secure for human use earlier than being administered.
He had additionally defined that the primary set of vaccines highly anticipated in Nigeria by the tip of February can be the Pfizer-developed vaccine.
According to him, the tools that can be used to retailer the vaccines is positioned on the National Strategic Cold Store of the NPHCDA at Idu, alongside Airport Road in Abuja.