‘We Don’t Want To Die’: Panic As 52 Nigerians Are Hospitalized After Receiving AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine
According to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, 52 Nigerians have experienced mild to severe reactions since receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the NPHCDA’s Leader Director and Chief Executive Officer, revealed this at a news conference in Abuja.
He also reported that after receiving the vaccine, 8,439 Nigerians suffered mild Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI).
According to Shuaib, the 52 Nigerians who had mild to extreme vaccine reactions suffered from fever, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, and allergic reactions.
“In Nigeria, a total of 8,439 mild Adverse effects following immunization (AEFI) have been registered since the vaccination program was officially launched on April 15, 2021. This include everything from discomfort and swelling at the inoculation site to body aches and nausea.
“In addition, 52 cases of AEFI ranging from mild to severe have been recorded. Fever, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, and allergic reactions were all symptoms.
“The five states with the best AEFI records are Kaduna (970), Cross River (859), Yobe (541), Kebbi (511), and Lagos (448),” he revealed.
According to Shuaib, 1,071,346 people, or 53.2 percent of those registered for the AstraZeneca vaccine, had received their first dose in this vaccination process as of today, April 16th.
He stated that the figures were based solely on reports obtained from states through the Electronic Management of Immunization Data (EMID) system, and that they did not include vaccinations not yet recorded in the system.
“What this number means is that these are the people whose information has already been submitted to our database, while others are pending upload, possibly due to network issues or the high volume of people arriving at the same time to take their shots.
“While we continue to improve our registration and immunization data system, we also urge state teams to deploy the most appropriate internet access for their locations in order to speed up the data entry process and ensure that we have the most up-to-date information on the number of people who have been vaccinated at any given time,” he said.
Shuaib went on to say that in several states, frontline health workers had been fully inoculated and that they had begun providing vaccinations to the elderly, especially those aged 65 and up.
“We are pleased to be able to move forward rapidly and provide immunization to a larger number of people in the city.
“Safety, performance, best practices, and pace have all been hallmarks of our rollout. The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and its development partners have established a platform of Senior Supervisors who meet regularly in the evenings to assess the status of COVID-19 vaccine implementation in all States and the Federal Capital Territory.”
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