A South African Telecommunications company MTN, has donated 604,800 doses of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine worth $25 million to Federal Government.
Hajiya Amina Dambata, General Manager, Regional Operations, North, presented the consignment to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, in Abuja.
Hajiya Dambata stated that the donation was part of the Organization’s contributions to the fight against the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to improve Nigerians’ health.
She expressed confidence that the vaccines would be strategically deployed to the locations for which they were purchased.
Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of NPHCDA, who received the shipment on behalf of the Federal Government, described the organization as a development partner and promised that the agency would continue to work with all stakeholders and communities to achieve success in the fight against the virus.
Represented by the Director Disease control and immunization, Dr Bassey Okposen said Nigeria does not have enough resources to fight COVID-19 which remains a formidable threat to the wellbeing of the citizens.
He disclosed that 47,172,937 eligible persons have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine representing 42.2 per cent of the eligible population, while 34,242,083 persons have been fully vaccinated and this represents 30.6 per cent of the eligible person.
3,678,412 of the fully vaccinated persons have received their booster doses.
Reporting by Nancy Anikaezie; Editing by Julian Osamoto