Nigeria records highest single day COVID-19 Infection
Slightly a day after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) verified the country was now in the fourth surge of COVID-19 with over 500 per cent increase in infections across the country, Nigeria recorded new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, its loftiest ever diurnal infection since the outbreak of the contagion in February 2020.
Wednesday’s figure released by NCDC was 755 advanced than the infections recorded on Tuesday. It was the first time Nigeria was passing a paragliding of its diurnal difference in new infections and a sharp increase in the number of losses as gleeful conditioning heighten across the country.
According to the NCDC numbers, Lagos State, which remains the country’s epicentre of the infection, led the new infections table with cases. It was followed by the FCT with 197 cases and Edo with 155 infections.
With the rearmost figure, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Nigeria stood at. This shows an increase of when compared with the active cases preliminarily.
NCDC stated also that four new COVID-19 deaths were recorded on Tuesday, taking the death risk to. Wednesday’s figure took Nigeria’s infection position to.
Delta State Commissioner of Health,Dr. Mordi Ononye, history, said a aggregate of 395 cases of Omicron variant were recorded in the state. Ononye said a aggregate of tests for the Omicron variant have been conducted since the shaft of the contagion, while 395 persons tested positive for the new variant.
Ononye prompted residers in the state to misbehave with COVID-19 preventative rules, saying that a single cure of vaccination can not confer impunity on any existent.
YESTERDAY, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) alongside the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) destroyed expired boluses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. These were part of the boluses of vaccines entered on October 11 and 29.
The batches of the vaccine destroyed got expired in November. They were destroyed at the Gosa jilting point, about 2 km down from the Idu Railway Station in Abuja.
According to the Director-General of NAFDAC,Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the decision to destroy the vaccines followed several testing processes that were conducted. She said it came necessary to destroy them to cover Nigerians from being harmed.
On his part, the Administrative Secretary of NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, said the vaccines came with a short life span, some as short as two weeks to expiration. He described the situation as unfortunate.
He said while Nigeria appreciates the gesture of the benefactors, it wasn't in the interest of the country that vaccines with a short lifetime are transferred to it through the Federal Government saved about$ 40 million from the colorful vaccine donations entered.
Shuaib further bared that only about 10 million Nigerians have been vaccinated against COVID-19. He, still, expressed sanguinity that Nigeria will be suitable to meet its target of vaccinating 110 million Nigerians.
“ A many months agone, when these vaccines were offered to us, we knew that they had a short shelf life, but we're living in an terrain that force of COVID-19 vaccines was veritably scarce. They aren't available due to‘vaccine nationalism’. We had developed countries that carried this vaccine and laidby them in their stores and at the point, they were about to expire, they offered them for donations. But because we wanted to satisfy and cover Nigerians, we offered to accept these vaccines, worked collaboratively with NAFDAC to insure that the agency tested and made sure that these vaccines were in good condition and we rolled out under veritably delicate circumstances to insure Nigerians have access to vaccines.”
MEANWHILE, the World Health Organisation (WHO), history, criticised mask vaccine supporter programmes while poor countries struggle to gain original boluses, advising that the unstable access to immunisations could lead to further shifted variants that drag out the epidemic.
“ Mask supporter programmes are likely to protract the epidemic, rather than ending it, by diverting force to countries that formerly have high situations of vaccination content, giving the contagion more occasion to spread and change,” WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said during a press briefing.
The commentary came as health officers in the United States (U.S.) promoted vaccine supporter shots for all residers over the age of 16 while Israel on Tuesday blazoned it would offer a fourth cure of the vaccine to people aged than 60.
Presently, the vast maturity of COVID-19 hospitalisations and deaths are among unvaccinated people and vaccinated people without supporter shots, according to Tedros. “ No country can boost its way out of the epidemic,” Tedros added.
Global health experts say the emergence of omicron was tied to vaccine inequality. Omicron is allowed to have surfaced from an HIV case in South Africa where just 26 per cent of the population is completely vaccinated.
“ Only half of the WHO member countries have vaccinated at least 40 per cent of their populations by the end of this time because of deformations in global force,” Tedros said.
THE need for a fourth cure of COVID-19 vaccine to insure protection against Omicron variant has raised enterprises since the country doesn't have enough vaccines and depends on Western countries for the many available. The enterprises were heightened, history, as a government panel of experts in Israel recommended the fourth cure of a COVID-19 vaccine for all people progressed over 60 and healthcare workers.
Governments are also ramping up their COVID supporter vaccination programmes after experimenters said the fresh shot could give around 85 per cent protection against severe illness.
The situation has raised lots of questions Can Nigeria go to give the fourth cure of COVID-19 vaccine considering that utmost of the vaccines the country has were bestowed and that has counteraccusations with respects to sourcing for further?
A virologist and Chairman, Expert Review Committee on COVID-19,Prof. Oyewale Tomori, told The Guardian history “ Are we talking of fourth surge or fourth cure? We haven't indeed completed the first vaccine cure for those eligible. We've absolutely no control over what vaccine boluses we give, as we've no control over what we admit and when we admit. We've no access, how can we be talking of affordability? We remain vulnerable to possible massive fourth and more swells caused by arising variants of concern.”
On whether a fourth cure or supporter boluses could be easy to come by, Tomori, who's also the colonistVice-Chancellor of Redeemer’s University, Osun State, said “ The study is one thing, the reality of our perpetual dependence on the bestowed vaccine is in our hand to confirm, whether for a veritably long term or ever.
A specialist in Internal Medicine at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Bauchi, and President, National Association of Resident Croakers (NARD),Dr. Dare Godiya Ishaya, told The Guardian “ It isn't the fourth cure, it's a third cure supporter shot that's presently been supported. Why is the third cure supporter shot been supported? It was plant that six months after the alternate cure, impunity begins to wane, so, Israel and other countries started administering it. Nigeria started championing for the third cure supporter with the arrival of the Omicron variant and President Muhammadu Buhari has got his third cure.”
Ishaya said the WHO is presently not championing the third cure because of low vaccination content in low and middle- income countries except in those with comorbidities and depressed impunity.
On Nigeria’s capability to get vaccines, Ishaya said with the COVAX Programme of WHO, a lot of low and middle- income countries have got enough vaccines.
Also, he said Nigeria has also calculated billions for COVID-19 vaccines and presently the country has enough vaccines in stock.
A professor of Veterinary Medicine and Clinical Virology at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Abia State, Maduike Ezeibe, told The Guardian “ The world is in trouble, not only Nigeria or Africa. The problem is the belief that some people know everything while others know nothing. The only problem peculiar to us is our tendency to suppose that our scientists are inferior. From the address of the Minister of Science and Technology,Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, on Monday, effects appear to be changing.”
Ezeibe said the vaccines cover for only three months, no country can achieve 100 per cent vaccination of her population in three months, yet those vaccinated would need revaccination every three months. He said the contagion affects numerous beast species and the vaccines that have short protection can not work for the control of similar epidemic.
The clinical virologist said having people with low antibody situations is the reason for the rapid-fire mutation to new variants because the contagion survives the low antibody situations and naturally changes to forms the antibodies (the vaccines) can no longer inhibit.
Ezeibe said the indispensable approach would have been to attempt eradicating the contagion with the short- acting vaccines and that would bear vaccinating all mortal beings and all creatures the contagion could infect within the three months protection period so that by the time the vaccinated hosts are due for infection, the contagion would not be available anywhere in the world to infect anybody or any beast. He, still, said this isn't possible and the proper approach is what Nigeria has started-to find a medicine that can give a quick cure so that whoever is infected is snappily treated.
The WHO has advised countries that increased social gathering during the Yuletide might lead to increased Omicron cases that could overwhelm health systems and beget further deaths.
Ghebreyesus expressed sadness that further than3.3 million people had lost their lives to COVID-19 this time, further deaths than from HIV, malaria and tuberculosis combined in 2020.
“ And still, COVID-19 continues to claim around lives every week. That’s not to mention the unreported deaths and the millions of redundant deaths caused by dislocations to essential health services,” he said.
The WHO chief added that Africa was facing a steep surge of infections, driven largely by the Omicron variant. He advised that increased social mixing over the vacation period in numerous countries could lead to increased cases, overwhelmed health systems and further deaths.