…we lost some Staff, 22 patients to coronavirus – CMD, AE-FUTHA
THE Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, yesterday assured Nigerians that the COVID-19 vaccine was safe for all Nigerians.
The Director General of NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu stated this in Abakaliki while inaugurating Molecular Lab at the premises of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, AE-FUTHA in the State.
According to him, “When people talk about what they believe about the vaccine for instance which is the topic of the day, we have responsibility to tell them that yes, our faith is important I agree but the issue of vaccination is not one of faith, it is one of science and if we truly believe that the doctors that work here, the nurses and lab scientists are able to provide care based on an understanding of science, then you cannot then decide and believe that Panadol works but I don’t believe that the vaccine works because fundamentally, they are based on the same principles.
“No medical intervention in the world has saved more lives than vaccines. We are very confident right now of the vaccine we have introduced. I have taken the vaccine myself, I am standing here right now in front of you, I took it two weeks ago every member of the front line staff of the NCDC have taken the vaccine. We are confident that this vaccine will be a game changer as we respond to this outbreak in Nigeria”.
In his remarks, Dr. Emeka Onwe , AE-FUTHA Chief Medical Director, stated that the hospital lost some staff and 22 patients to the coronavirus pandemic between December last year and March this year.
This is even as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) has upgraded the virology centre in the hospital constructed by the state government to Institute of Viral Study, Research, Treatment and Control for serving the state, South East and South south effectively in the pandemic.
Onwe told the NCDC boss that a total of 10,000 samples were collected by the hospital during the first phase of the pandemic.
He disclosed that some staff of the hospital lost their lives to the disease and that there were still some cases being managed at the centre.
He said “It is worth of note that during the first phase of covid-19, we successfully managed some confirmed positive cases even though unfortunately, some lives were lost due to late presentation to the hospital.
“We had sad event were we lost some of our staff from covid but sir, those that died of covid, did not contract the disease from the hospital and they presented late.
“Among our data for covid include the following summary of cases from December 2020 to March 2021. We have total number of admission 102, two positive cases that are alive 54, total negative cases that are alive 39, deaths with positive tests 5, deaths with negative tests 17.
“We are appealing that this centre having played this role in serving the hospital community, Ebonyi state government, south east and south south when the need arose, we are appealing if this place will be converted to regional centre, we will be very happy.
“Everybody should observe all WHO and NCDC covid- 19 infection prevention and control protocol. the state Ministry of health are ready for us to commence this corona vaccine. Make yourself available, don’t listen to online news, don’t listen to those who will like to deceive you.
“When you get the vaccine, you will be better be protected and even when you get it, don’t forget the known pharmatilical protective measures. If you have seen or suffered from severe form of covid-19 and you are alive today, you will understand what I have said”