Still on vaccine hesitancy amidst Omicron surge

January 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

Nigeria is currently witnessing a surge in cases of Covid-19 Omicron variant amidst vaccine hesitancy among the citizens. SAMSON BENJAMIN in this report examines the reasons for the hesitancy and the way out. Data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) recently showed that Nigeria missed the 40 percent vaccination target set by the World Health Assembly, the highest health Read More

FCTA begins ‘no COVID-19 vaccination, no entry’ enforcement

January 18, 2022 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Monday, commenced aggressive enforcement of ‘no COVID-19 jab, no entry’ to all its office premises. Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to FCT Minister, Ikharo Attah, who led the enforcement team to all FCTA Secretariats, Departments and Agencies, clarified that while no staff or visitors are being forced to take the vaccines, Read More

COVID-19: WHO to miss global 40% vaccination target – Report

December 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

The World Health Organisation (WHO) will miss its target to vaccinate 40 per cent of the population in every country by the end of the year, with the shortfalls especially in Africa. WHO’s 194 member countries, about half of them, will not meet the goal, according to report on the pandemic. It said in about 40 countries, not even 10 Read More

JAMB to Nigerians: Don’t enter our facilities without COVID-19 vaccination evidence

December 27, 2021 Uji Abdullahi Iliyasu 0

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has saidshowing of full evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 is compulsory for all persons who want to enter its facilities or do business with it nationwide. This was contained in the board’s weekly magazine,JAMBulletin published, Monday. “In line with the extant protocols rolled out by the Nigeria Centrefor Disease Control (NCDC), the Joint Read More

COVID-19: 70% Nigerians to be vaccinated by 2022 – AGF Mustapha

December 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

The federal government has said it intends to vaccinate 70% of the Nigerian population before the end of 2022, chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, has said. He stated this during the COVID-19 summit 2021 in Abuja with the theme : “Pushing through the Last Mile to End the Pandemic and Build Back Better”. He Read More

Covid-19: Over 3.4m fully vaccinated in Nigeria – NPHCDA

November 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has disclosed that 3,487, 298 eligible people in Nigeria had been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, having received their second jabs. The Agency’s executive director, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, made the disclosure during the inauguration of mass vaccination exercise for Nasarawa state on Friday in Lafia. Shuaib said as of Friday, a total of Read More

COVID-19: NPHCDA to vaccinate 50m Nigerians by Jan 2022

November 25, 2021 Mohammed Lawal 0

The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) is to vaccinate 50 million Nigerians against COVID-19 before the end of January 2022. Executive Director of the agency, Dr Faisal Shuaibu, said this in Bauchi while speaking at the launching of the COVID-19 Mass Vaccination campaign in the state held at Emir’s palace, Bauchi. Represented by the head of communications of the Read More

FCTA flags off mass vaccination against COVID-19

November 18, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA), has flagged off mass vaccination campaign against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, targeting over 1.5 million residents in the next 50 days across the six area councils. FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, while performing the exercise at the Old Parade ground in Abuja, noted that the rapid spread of the virus emphasises Read More

COVID-19: Fake vaccination certificates now in circulation – FG

November 16, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The federal government Monday raised the alarm over a ‘black market’ procurement of illegal vaccination certificates in the country. Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, said this at a media briefing in Abuja. Mustapha said the committee had reliable intelligence that an illegal market had Read More

COVID-19: Over 5.7m Nigerians vaccinated, 70% targeted by 2022

November 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) has vaccinated 5,770,899 persons with the first dose of the COVID-19 and 3,146,885 have taken the second dose, Director, Planning Research and Statistics, Dr. Abdullahi Bulama Garba has said. He stated this during the Ministerial Press Briefing update on COVID-19 vaccination, Monday. He added that there were over eight million doses of vaccines Read More

Take COVID-19 vaccine jab, NLC tells workers

October 25, 2021 Duro Joseph 0

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Monday called on workers to take COVID -19 jab. At a press conference held at the headquarters of the congress in Abuja, the president of the congress who is also president of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, argued that the COVID-19 vaccine has given all humans the chance to fight the Read More

Ondo to civil servants: No Covid-19 vaccination, no work

October 20, 2021 Barnabas Olabisi 0

Ondo state government has directed all civil servants in the state to get Covid-19 vaccination or be ready to thrown out from the gate as from November 1, 2021. A statement issued by Abooluwa Famakinwa and made available to |Blueprint, Wednesday, the Permanent Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state, Chief Segun Odusanya, stated that the staste Read More

BASEPA begins fumigation of Bauchi towns against malaria

October 17, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Following the outbreak of malaria in Bauchi state in recent time, the Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA) has begun fumigation of six local governments in the state against mosquitos. The Director General of the agency Dr Ibrahim Kabir who flagged off the exercise Saturday at government house Bauchi explained that the fumigation was part of efforts to kill mosquitos Read More

COVID-19, rumours and more rumours

October 17, 2021 Prince Charles Dickson 0

When the driver takes an unfamiliar road we all remove our earphones to see properly! Rumours They get started by certain people that run their mouths without the facts, they take a story they’ve overheard and begin to add to it or subtract, now the original story gets ‘twisted’ and the believers are agitated because the stories they’ve just been Read More

U.S. donates over 3.5m COVID-19 vaccine to Nigeria

October 15, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The United States has donated over 3.5 million dozes of COVID-19 vaccine to Nigeria through the worldwide initiative ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, COVAX. A press statement by US embassy, Thursday, read in part: “The U.S. Mission in Nigeria is pleased to announce the arrival of 3,577,860 doses of Pfizer vaccine for the public health and benefit of the Read More

Covid-19 vaccination: FG hands deadline to civil servants

October 14, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The federal government has directed all its employees to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as this will soon become a prerequisite for gaining access into the various offices. Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, announced the new directive at its briefing on Wednesday. Mustapha said beginning from December 1, 2021 all federal government employees Read More

COVID-19: 1.6m Nigerians fully vaccinated- Official

September 15, 2021 Duro Joseph 0

Six months after Nigeria commenced vaccination of citizens against the rampaging coronavirus, 1.6 million eligible persons have been fully vaccinated. The Executive-Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, stated this at a briefing by the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) Monday. Shuaib said 1,692,315 persons have received two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, as approved Read More

Edo nurse dies of Covid-19

September 10, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

A nurse in Auchi, Etsako West local government area of Edo state, has reportedly died of coronavirus-related illness. The unnamed health worker, 56 (male), was said to be a staff of Auchi General Hospital until his death on September 10, 2021. The state team leader on Covid-19, Dr. Ebomwonyi Osagie, who disclosed this during the daily update of the pandemic, Read More

COVID-19: Edo to make vaccination compulsory for teachers

September 10, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

Any public school teacher in Edo state who is yet to take the coronavirus vaccines by the middle of September will either choose between work or stay at home, the state government has said. The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Osamuyi Irowa, stated Thursday during the daily update of COVID-19 that the directive also apply to health Read More

DEM’s Covid-19 prevention initiative laudable

September 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

The global community was still smarting under the weight of the first and second waves of COVID-19 when a deadlier scourge, referred to as the Delta variant, crept in. This variant, believed to kill faster without its victims exhibiting notable symptoms has sucked mankind into a state of despair. The frustration currently faced by researchers all over the world is Read More

COVID-19: Edo SSG loses brother, govt deploys mobile vaccines

September 8, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

As part of efforts to stem the spread and mortality of the COVID-19 pandemic, Edo state government has deployed mobile medical team to various locations and on request to vaccinate residents. Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Osamwonyi Irowa, disclosed this during the state’s COVID-19 daily review update in Benin City. Irowa expressed concern that some persons with partial vaccination Read More

Buhari to African underwriters: You’re the vaccination for African economic growth

September 6, 2021 David Agba 0

Nigeria President Mohamadu Buhari, opened the 47th African Insurance Organisation Monday in Lagos via virtual platform with bundles of commendation for the African insurance market with a privilege endorsement of the Nigerian insurance market for the support and solidarity vent it opened for the government to draw from during the pandemic lockdown and up and until now. It is also Read More

COVID-19: India vaccinates 10 million people daily

August 28, 2021 AFP 0

India has given more than 10 million Covid-19 jabs in a single day for the first time, authorities said Saturday, as the South Asian giant bolsters its defences for a predicted new surge. The health ministry said the 10 million landmark was passed on Friday, beating the country’s previous daily record of 9.2 million. The government has been stung by Read More

NCDC partners GTFCC, ICG, NPHCDA on cholera vaccine

August 25, 2021 Ifeanyi Emeka 0

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Tuesday submitted a cholera vaccination request to the International Coordinating Group (ICG) and the Global Task Force for Cholera Control (GTFCC). Director-General NCDC, Dr Chike Ihekweazu, stated this while speaking to journalists in Abuja. He said the centre will also submit the vaccine request to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). Read More

COVID-19: Nigeria begins phase 2 vaccination

August 17, 2021 Duro Joseph 0

The second phase rollout of Coronavirus vaccine began Monday at an elaborate ceremony held at the Federal Medical Center , Jabi, Abuja. The first phase ended in July when all the available vaccines were exausted. The 4,000,080 Moderna vaccine doses donated by the United States of America was unvailed at the ceremony attended by the Secretary to the Government of Read More