Niger Govt Monitors 200 People After COVID 19 Vaccination
By Centus Nweze
Niger State Ministry of Health says that it is monitoring close to 200 people who already received the COVID-19 vaccines for fear of possible adverse negative effects.
It also stated that it is currently targeting people of 50 years of age and above in the next phase.
The monitoring for possible adverse negative reactions according to findings has led to a halt in the vaccination of more people after that of the state Governor, Alhaji Abubarkar Sani Bello and some cabinet members.
Despite the fact that the state Ministry of Health has rolled out the vaccines to Local Government Areas, all the PHCs, it was further learnt were handed down directives to ‘hold on’ pending the time the monitoring will elapse on those who are already vaccinated.
It was further gathered that the ongoing monitoring of all those already vaccinated is termed the, “Advance Effects Following Immunization (AEFI)” and “Advance Effects of Special Interest (AESI)” evaluations.
Already, over 500 people have so far been vaccinated in Minna, the state capital, including Governor Abubarkar Sani Bello and some political aides, government house officials as as well, some of his cabinet members but is yet to begin in local government areas.
It would be recalled that Niger state received 74,110 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines and among others that has so far got the vaccination includes; officials and managers of COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine centres, State Primary Healthcare frontline workers, local government PHCs director and core chain officers who are the monitors of the program.