The President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Government, through the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said that Nigerians will be part of the early beneficiaries of the Covid-19 vaccine, when it is developed in commercial quantity, Page 36 learnt.
The Minister of Health, in Abuja, on Tuesday, stated that anytime a potent vaccine is found or developed as a solution to the global Covid-19 pandemic, Nigerians will not be left out.
He said this at the two-day Multi-Sectoral Conference on Covid-19, noting that, there are arrangements by the Federal Ministry of Health to ensure that Nigerians get the vaccine immediately it comes out.
A vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, was 90 percent effective in preventing Covid-19 infections in ongoing Phase 3 trials, the companies had announced on Monday.
Dr. Ehanire, who was represented by the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, said: “I must say on the issue of vaccine, that Africa will be considered. The Federal Ministry of Health, just last week, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure that when the vaccines, wherever they come from, that have been established to be effective for Covid-19, we will not be left behind.”
The Minister also said stressed the need to prioritise health, if any gains are to be made in the sector; and if we appreciate that, the allocation in terms of budget for health, will be much more than what it is at the moment.
He added: “The figures that we have in infant mortality, in maternal mortality, a lot of the issues related can be handled at the primary care level, if we have functional primary health centres, where all the basic services can be rendered, and where all basic services in terms of infrastructure are available – water, electricity supply.
“That is why the Ministry has designed a prototype structure of primary health centre. We are working towards having functional primary health centres, that all the basic services will be available, from immunisation, to anti-natal care, to WASH program, health education.”
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