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Over 8,400 Nigerians Experience Reactions After COVID-19 Vaccination

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The Nigerian Government has said a total of 8,439 cases of mild, adverse effects have occurred over the application of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the country.

The cases, according to the government, came out of over a million persons vaccinated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA, which disclosed this, explained further that 52 persons suffered moderate to severe adverse events at inoculation.

Executive Director of NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, speaking at a joint press conference with the World Health Organisation, WHO, on Friday in Abuja, said while the mild reactions included body pains, nausea, and swelling.

The moderate to severe adverse events presented were fever, vomiting, diarrhoea headaches, dizziness, and allergic reactions.

He said Kaduna State recorded the highest rate of AEFI with 970 cases, followed by Cross River State with 859 cases, Yobe 541 cases, Kebbi 511 cases while Lagos recorded 448 cases of adverse events.

Dr Shuaib, however, insisted that so far, there has been no case of death or blood clot recorded from the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine vaccination in the country, he maintained that the vaccination rollout in the country has been marked by safety, efficiency, best practice, and speed.

He said, “When incidents, no matter how rare, appear in populations receiving the vaccine, relevant authorities must investigate to determine whether there may be a connection between the medical incident and the vaccine.

“At this stage, different countries are taking different approaches. In Nigeria, since the vaccination programme was officially rolled out on 15th of April 2021, a total of 8,439 mild Adverse events following immunization (AEFI) have been reported.

“There has been no death from the administration of the vaccine. We have also not diagnosed any case of blood clots related to the administration of the vaccines.

“Nevertheless, we are working with NAFDAC, NCDC, and other relevant agencies to set up a more active surveillance system built on our experience with polio surveillance.”

Shuaib, who disclosed that the challenges encountered in Kogi state have been resolved by the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, said 16,900 vaccines have been delivered and the Covid-19 vaccination campaign has been launched in the state.

Shuaib also noted that inoculation of frontline health workers has been completed in many states and vaccination has proceeded to the elderly particularly those within the age of 65 years and above.

He however expressed worry that some persons were skipping the eligibility lines to access the vaccines before it got to their turn.

“We are not unaware of attempts by individuals who are not eligible to access the vaccines. With willing accomplices, it will not be surprising that some may succeed.

“When people skip the eligibility lines we have established to access the C-19 Vaccines ahead of frontline health and other workers, then they should ask themselves if it is ethically and morally right to jump the queue ahead of those who need the vaccines the most.

“In anticipation of this, we have deployed structures and personnel to ensure these acts are minimized to the barest minimum. On this note, I wish to commend the Chairmen of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and their personnel for the enthusiasm and dedication with which they have joined our quest for vaccine utilisation transparency and accountability,” he added.

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COVID-19: NCDC Confirms 34 New Cases

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it registered 34 new cases of COVID-19 in three states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The centre disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Tuesday.

It stated that the 34 new cases were recorded in Enugu (19), Lagos (13), Kaduna (1) and FCT (1).

The NCDC noted that the Tuesday report included data from Enugu State recorded between April 28 and May, 3.

It, however, noted that there was no recorded case of recovery from isolation centres across the country as at May 4, saying the total number of recoveries remained 155,371.

According to it, there is also no COVID-19 death in seven days, keeping the death toll at 2,063.

The agency added that it had confirmed 165,215 cases, 155,371 discharges and 2,063 deaths in the 36 states and the FCT since the pandemic broke out in the country in February 2020, and 1,939,165 tests carried out.

The NCDC said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, had continued to coordinate the national response activities.

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CBN Should Pay N100m Greenfield Students’ Ransom Before It’s Too Late – Gumi

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An Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, on Tuesday urged the government not to take the threat by the kidnappers of students of Greenfield University, Kaduna lightly.

Gumi, who stated this in an interview with The PUNCH, said the Central Bank of Nigeria should pay the N100m ransom being demanded by the kidnappers of the students.

He made the call as a parent of one of the abductees lamented that the kidnappers were insisting on a ransom of N100m.

The parent, who spoke to one of our correspondents in Kaduna on condition of anonymity, lamented that the bandits were still insisting on their demands and threatening to kill the students.

No fewer than 23 students and a member of staff of the university were abducted from the school on April 20, 2021.  Few days later, five of the students were killed by the bandits.

On Monday,  one of the bandits, Sani Jalingo, in an interview with the Hausa Service of the Voice of America, demanded   N100m and 10 motorcycles for the students to be freed.

He threatened that the failure of the Kaduna State Government or families of the students to meet the demands by Tuesday (yesterday), would lead to the killing of the abductees.

Bandits not shifting ground, insist on N100m, 10 motorcycles – Parent cries out

The parent,  who spoke to The PUNCH correspondent in Kaduna at 9 pm on Tuesday, called on the Federal Government to do everything possible to rescue the students.

He also called on corporate organisations to assist in rescuing the students.

He said the call became imperative as the bandits stood their ground that unless their demands were met the remaining students would be killed.

He said, “The bandits still stand their ground of demanding N100m  and ten motorcycles;  no individual negotiation.

“We are calling on the government to do whatever it can to see to the release of our children. Our children have stayed long in the forest.

“We don’t know the state of their health at the moment. We don’t know whether they are being fed or how they are treated by the bandits.

“All that we can say now is for the government of the day, especially, the Federal Government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to our aid. We can’t afford the N100m and the motorcycles demanded by the bandits.

“We are also calling on corporate organisations to come under their corporate social responsibilities to assist us to get our children out of the bandits’ den.”

Boko Haram joining herdsmen involved in kidnappers – Gumi

When asked if he was aware of the kidnap of the students of Greenfield University and the Federal College of Forestry, he said “As for the forestry students, we have been trying to see whether we can get some of the herdsmen’s contact so that they can release these people.

“We have also been trying our best but you know we have limitations, there are lots of obstacles on the way but the parents have been really consulting with us.”

On the Greenfield University students, the cleric said, “The issue of the Greenfield students is a little bit more complex“There are two groups of bandits. We have the ordinary Fulani ethnic herdsmen and the religious elements, terrorists. That is why we have been telling the government to support us so that we can go in and bring the children out.

“The issue is getting compounded because this element is coming in; Boko Haram is coming into the scene now. They are the ones that captured Greenfield students. It is not a question of sleeping. You have to act very fast.”

Gumi asks  FG to pay the N100m ransom

Gumi, who spoke to one of our correspondents on the telephone, lamented that his efforts, which had been yielding fruits, were not being appreciated by the government.

He said, “ The money they are asking for is too much; if I give you that money, you cannot run away with it. Nobody can run. So, why not give them the money, they release the boys and then we pursue them and get our money back and do what is necessary; it is simple logic.  So, bring the money from the central bank. How can they move that money? We should not be stupid.

“These people are getting infiltrated; Boko Haram is getting close and they don’t respect the clergy. I need support to get them inoculated against the infiltration of these ideologies, whether Boko Haram or Ansaru, whatever it is. We need to shield them because they are naïve. If there is too much pressure on them, and they see help from Boko Haram, who are richer and have more weapons, it is going to consume everybody.”

In an interview with journalists on Tuesday, the National President of the Parents Teacher Association,  Haruna Danjuma, urged the bandits to spare the lives of the innocent students.

Also, the National President, Foundation for The Protection of Women and Children, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani, appealed to the abductors for the sake of the Holy Month of Ramadan, not to kill any student.

The two groups made the appeal as one of the kidnapped students of Greenfield University regained freedom.

It was learnt that the student was released on Saturday before the bandits made their fresh demands on Monday.

On Tuesday, Lauretta Attahiru, mother of the released student, confirmed the development to journalists.    ,,

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COVID-19: NCDC Records 18 Fresh Infections

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 18 new coronavirus infections, with zero COVID-19 related death in four states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as of May 3.

The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Monday.

The agency said that with the new 18 cases, the tally of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the country jumped to 165,199.

It noted that Lagos State led with eight new cases, followed by the FCT with six cases, Edo; two cases, while Rivers and Ogun had one case each.

The agency said that the country’s active cases stood at 7,757 in the past 24 hours.

It stated that 10 people were successfully treated and had recovered from the virus and discharged from various isolation centres across the country in the past 24 hours.

The centre added that “our discharges today include two community recoveries in FCT, managed in line with standard guidelines.”

It noted that till date, 165,199 cases had been confirmed, 155,371 cases discharged and 2,063 deaths recorded in 36 states of the federation and the FCT.

The agency said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, had continued to coordinate national response activities.

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