COVID-19 vaccine: Lagos, Oyo plan purchase as states fault FG allocations

Ogun, Oyo and Cross River states have faulted the doses of COVID-19 vaccines allocated to them by the Federal Government.

Lagos and Oyo states stated that they planned to buy more COVID-19 vaccines

On its part, the Benue State Government said the issue of allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses  ought to have been discussed at the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.

All the states  said they were not involved in deciding the sharing formula for the vaccine doses.

Recall that the Federal Government had last week, said it was expecting 100,000 doses of  Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine before the end of the month.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, who disclosed this on Tuesday last week  during a press conference of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, said the country would later in the year receive 42 million free doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

The NPHCDA,   at a webinar on Friday,  released the sharing formula for 100,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

According to the data shared by NPHCDA, the distribution breakdown is as follows Kano, 3,557; Lagos, 3,131; Katsina, 2,361; Kaduna, 2,074; Bauchi, 1,900; Oyo, 1,848; Rivers, 1,766; Jigawa, 1,712; Niger, 1,558; Ogun, 1,473; Sokoto, 1,468; Benue, 1,423; Borno, 1,416; Anambra, 1,379; Kebbi, 1,268; Zamfara, 1,336; Delta, 1,306; Imo, 1,267; Ondo, 1,228; and Akwa Ibom, 1,161.

Others are  Adamawa, 1,129; Edo, 1,104; Plateau, 1,089; Enugu, 1,088; Osun, 1,032; Kogi, 1,030; Cross River, 1,023; Abia, 955; Gombe, 908; Yobe, 842; Ekiti, 830; Taraba, 830; Kwara, 815; Ebonyi, 747; Bayelsa, 589; FCT, 695 and Nasarawa, 661.

Oyo’s allocation inadequate, we will get additional vaccines – State govt

The Oyo State Government said vaccine doses allocated to the state by the Federal Government were not inadequate.

The state Governor,  Seyi Makinde,  said alternative provisions would be made for additional vaccines to be procured for the state.

The governor who spoke  to one of our correspondents through his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, said, “We don’t have vaccine yet in Nigeria so, the allocation was made on paper ahead of its availability in the country. The governor said this evening that the number that is projected to be given to Oyo is grossly inadequate and that the state is going to make alternative arrangements.

“The state would talk to alternative manufacturers of vaccines and make direct procurement where possible. With 1,800 vaccines, if a person is injected with two dozes, only 900 people would get. When you look at this in consideration of the population of Oyo State, what percentage would that be? That is why the state needs to open discussion with other manufacturers of certified vaccines.”

Cross River’s allocation not enough – Commissioner

The Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu, in an interview with one of our correspondents,  said  doses of COVID-19 vaccine allocated to the state would not be enough for its over 5,000 health workers

She, “The sharing was done based on places considered to be hot spots. More concentration was on Lagos, Abuja and other hot spots in the country.

“Cross River has very few cases. However, the vaccine that would be sent is definitely not enough. It cannot even go round our health workers. We will be seeking more.”

Lagos to get COVID-19 vaccine doses, says commissioner

But the Lagos State Government said it was making efforts to get COVID-19 vaccine doses for residents aside from the arrangement being made for the country by the Federal Government.

The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, stated this while reacting to the sharing formula released by the NPHCDA.

Omotosho, who spoke to one of our correspondents on the telephone, said the state government was surprised at seeing the allocations to different states.

He said, “Nobody has involved us in what the national vaccine strategy would be. So, all these are new to us. We have not heard anything from the Federal Government; there has been no directive. But whatever they give us, we will take.

“We are also working on getting our own independently. No matter what happens, the safety of Lagosians is our priority. Whatever it will take, the government will ensure that when the vaccine arrives, Lagosians are not left out.

Also, the Benue State Commissioner for Information, Mrs Ngunan Adingi,  said that the state had yet to receive the COVID-19 vaccine distribution list.

Adingi said, “We have not received any vaccine in the state  neither have we been given distribution list of the vaccine.

It wasn’t discussed at govs’ forum – Benue commissioner

“If anything of such is going to happen, I know that it has to be discussed at Governors Forum and this has not happened. I just called the Commissioner for Health and he told me that nothing of such has happened.”

Meanwhile, no fewer than 20 doctors have been infected with COVID-19 at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital in the last three to four weeks.

The President of the UITH chapter of Association of Resident Doctors, Dr Badmus Habeeb, stated this on Wednesday.

But the management of UITH said that it was not aware of the development.

The Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Hospital, Mr Biodun Fagbemi,  said, “The management is not aware that any doctor in the hospital has contracted COVID-19, honestly we are not aware.”

But Badmus insisted that members of the association were battling with the pandemic.

He stated, “Over 20 of our members have been infected with the virus in the past three to four weeks. In fact,  they could even be more than that. Some actually tested positive and have proceeded to isolation in their homes while others are on admission at the state isolation centre, Sobi, Ilorin.

“We are happy that we have not lost any of them. Some have been treated others are still on admission. We keep on reminding our members to always remember to keep to preventive measures and those that are on admission we support them psychologically  and give  them medical assistance.”

Also confirming the infection, former President of the ARD in the hospital, Dr Lanre Olosunde said, “We are lucky that we don’t have any mortality, but some are still on admission.” – Punch.

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