Uploaded by on March 5, 2021

A medical doctor, Ngong Cyprian, has become the first person to receive the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria.

The commencement of the vaccination was flagged off by the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Dr Cyprian has been a frontline health worker since March 2020 – days after the first case of the disease was reported in the country.

The vaccine was administered to Dr Cyprian by the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency ,NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib,at the National Hospital in the nation’s capital.

Shortly after he took the vaccine, Dr Cyprian was presented with an electronic card that has a QR code.

According to Dr Shuaib, the code contains the information of recipients of vaccines and is needed to verify details of such persons, especially for the purpose of travelling out of the country.

It shows exactly what vaccines Dr Cyprian has taken; when he took the first and the second doses, and it will also show his photograph.

The NPHCDA boss noted that more health workers were being trained to make them perfect in what they do, not just in Abuja, but across the country.

Another medical practitioner, Dr Sahil Yunusa, and two other health workers joined Dr Cyprian as the first set of people to take the vaccines in Nigeria.

Dr Yunusa works at the isolation centre in Gwagwalada in Abuja, where the lives of ten thousand, five hundred and forty – nine COVID-19 patients are said to have been saved.

By Abiola PETERS

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