By Chris Udochukwu
Abuja (Precise Post) – The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 yesterday revealed why the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) must check and approve any vaccine that will be administered in Nigeria.
Speaking at the COVID-19 national briefing, yesterday, the minister of state for Health, Olorunimbe Mamora, said so many vaccines are coming up, but any one Nigeria decides on, will be thoroughly investigated and approved by NAFDAC.
He also revealed that Nigeria is yet to decide on the vaccine to get but the federal government is working with other partners to get vaccine by the first quarter of 2021.
The minister also revealed that as at 29th December, 2020, total sample tested is 937,712; number of confirmed cases is 84,811; active cases is 12,190; discharges is 71,357; number of deaths till date is 1,264; and case fatality rate is 1.49 per cent.
He said, “The fatality rate at 1.49 percent despite increasing number of active cases as well as morbidity is evidence of scaled up activity and quality of care at the isolation centres.
“All Federal Tertiary hospitals who obviously run levels 2 & 3 isolation centres have been directed to improve/scale up Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures in order to improve on treatment outcomes and enhance safety of the frontline health personnel.
“This is coming at the backdrop of the recent upsurge in the affected health workers and the unfortunate demise of some.
“The Case Management team has continued to advocate for the presence of psychosocial support for both patients and health workers. This is necessary because of the fatigue and consequential apathy associated with the pandemic.”