Written by Laraba Murey

NCDC: Vaccine won’t end Covid-19, as Ortom goes into isolation

As the possibility of Nigerians getting the Covid-19 vaccine looms, the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, NCDC, has cautioned that the availability of vaccines does not mean the pandemic was over.

“The #COVID19 pandemic is not over, but the availability of vaccines will bring us closer to controlling the acute phase of this pandemic,” the center tweeted on Sunday on its verified Twitter handle, @NCDCgov.

It further stated that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, will be providing “providing leadership to ensure access to & distribution of #COVID19 vaccines in Nigeria.”

In a related development, the Benue State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, went into isolation, for the second time, due to contact with an unnamed permanent secretary and his family members who tested positive for COVID-19.

Last July, 2020, the governor went into isolation when his wife, Mrs Eunice Ortom, son, and some of the wife’s personal aides tested positive for COVID-19.

Disclosing the latest development, the State Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu, on Sunday, said his principal had again gone into self-isolation.

Abounu, who announced this at the Armed Forces Interdenominational service held at the ECWA Church, Makurdi, the capital city, explained that the governor decided to go into isolation following the medical report indicating that a certain permanent secretary and his family members tested positive for the virus.

Also, Pope Francis has given the indication that he will be receiving the Covid-19 vaccine in a few days.

The pope’s disclosure is coming on the heels that Fabrizio Soccorsi, his personal doctor, has died after battling complications arising from COVID-19.

Soccorsi was said to have died at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, reported on Saturday.

Speaking in an interview with Italy’s Canale 5 Channel on Saturday, the pope urged everyone to receive the vaccine to ensure that they protect themselves and everyone else.

“It is an ethical duty to take the vaccine. Here in the Vatican, we will start next week. I am also in line to take it,” he said.

“There is a suicidal denial which I cannot explain, but today we have to get vaccinated. I believe that ethically everyone should take the vaccine.”

 

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