The federal government has set 2022 as the target year to end the devastating COVID-19 pandemic.
To achieve this, the government has announced plans to call a national summit next month to review the targets set on the pandemic.
He also lamented the continued rise in the death rate of COVID-19 cases, blaming him for vaccine hesitation, late case submissions, and other factors.
Nigeria lost nearly 3,000 people to the pandemic, but the government said that due to poor record keeping, especially in rural areas, the figure was significantly higher.
The chairman of the presidential steering committee on PSC COVID-19 and SGF Federation government secretary Boss Mustapha, who revealed this during yesterday’s committee briefing, said: “The PSC is nearing the end of its term of office. nine months from the end of December 2021.
To effectively capture the core elements of our national response, a national summit is scheduled to end COVID-19 in 2022 and strengthen global health security in Abuja from December 6-8, 2021.
“It is imperative that all hands are on the bridge if we are to lay solid foundations for: a sustainable response to COVID that will accompany us for a long time; and continue to push to minimize the impact on health and economic sectors.
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“We are currently seeing some spikes in cases in some European countries (especially Eastern Europe) due to under-vaccination. In other areas where massive vaccinations have taken place, infections are on the rise.
“What we see in Nigeria right now is that there is an increase in the death rate, which is of great concern.
“In our last briefing, we announced the vaccine mandate for December 1, 2021. I would like to state that this is in Nigeria’s best interest, looking at what is happening globally. We are preparing to engage further with the Nigerian Governors Forum to advance the mass vaccination program and mandate for our citizens.
“We have received information and even found that some unscrupulous citizens obtain their vaccination cards through the black market. Let me assure everyone that vaccination records / certificates will be verified and this should serve as a warning to those criminally minded people to desist as they will be prosecuted accordingly. “
He said the vaccination phase has been accelerated, adding that the National Agency for the Development of Primary Health Care, NPHCDA, has concluded agreements to implement a mass vaccination plan this week.
“The PSC wishes to assure Nigerians that the NPHCDA has enough vaccines in the pipeline to vaccinate approximately 50% of the target population by the end of January 2022. Efforts are also underway to bring the booster dose on board to build a health system. antibody level, “added the SGF.
Health Minister Dr Osagie Ehanire said Nigeria has so far tested a total of 3,392,457 samples, of which 213,147 have been confirmed positive for COVID-19, while active cases have been 4,447 and cases discharged up to today 205.732.
“There have sadly been 2,968 COVID-related deaths, with a death rate of 1.39 percent,” he said.
He added that the majority of patients (67%) had comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and other noncommunicable diseases that were known determinants of COVID-19 disease severity upon admission to isolation wards.
“There are, therefore, still surprises coming with the new coronavirus as it evolves. Nigeria is preparing along all established avenues, including participation in research and development.
Several Nigerian groups are engaged in genomic sequencing and some in vaccine development, while NIPRID is working on pesticide research.
“Vaccine manufacturing aspirations in Nigeria are on track. We are working with the private sector and have the full support of influential Nigerians outside the country, ”added Ehanire.
Additionally, the director general of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control NCDC, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, revealed that Nigeria has lost nearly 3,000 people.
“Fortunately, most of these cases, 205,000 were not sick or had fully recovered. Unfortunately, we have lost 2,960 Nigerians: parents, siblings, close relatives, colleagues, neighbors to this disease, ”he said.
The executive director of the National Agency for the Development of Primary Health Care NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, criticized the low number of people who have been fully vaccinated.
He said: “As of this morning, Monday November 15, 2021, a total of 5,891,305 eligible people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
This represents only 5.3 percent of the overall eligible population, while 3,252,067 have received the second dose and are fully vaccinated, thus representing only 2.9 percent of the overall eligible population.
As we all know, the overall population of people eligible for COVID-19 vaccination to enable the country to achieve herd immunity against the disease is 111,776,503.
“In light of the above figures, it is extremely risky to delve into the end-of-year holidays which will involve many crowded trips, gatherings and meetings without adequate measures to ensure that people are protected from COVID-19.
“Our best guarantee against COVID-19 for now is vaccination, which is why the government is engaged in mass vaccination campaigns.”