A 42-year-old doctor, Ngong Cyprian who has spent the past year treating COVID-19 patients today became the first person in Nigeria to be vaccinated against the disease, kicking off a mammoth campaign that aims to inoculate 80 million people this year.
“I am happy to be the first and I am happy I am not the last,” the doctor, , told Reuters. “I want everybody to be vaccinated.”
The formal rollout of COVID-19 vaccines commenced in Abuja the Federal Capital Territory.
The event, which is ongoing at the National Hospital, has in attendance the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, and other critical stakeholders in the nation’s health sector.
They include the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire; Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, and the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, among others.