A medical doctor, Dr. Cyprian Ngong, who works with the National Hospital in Abuja, has become the first person to receive a jab of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria.
The vaccination exercise begun today.
Ngong, whose vaccination was aired on national television, hailed the commencement of the exercise in Nigeria.
He said, “We’ve been at the forefront of the COVID-19 fight here in the National Hospital at our isolation centre under the able leadership of the National Hospital.
“They’ve provided everything we need for this fight. We’ve lost some, won some and we are happy we are getting the vaccine now in Nigeria. I think that is about the best news we’ve had since.
“I only wished my dad had had that vaccine months ago. We lost him, but we thank God. The fight is still on and we’ll win.”
On how he feels after getting a jab, Ngong said, “You can see, I just took the vaccine now and I feel good. I dreamt of taking this vaccine and I have taken it today.”
Nigeria Begins Covid-19 Vaccination
The Federal Republic of Nigeria has begun vaccinating citizens against COVID-19 as Dr. Cyprian Ngong, a medical doctor at the Abuja National Hospital, took a dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine.
Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and Secretary to the Federal Government, launched the exercise on behalf of the President, Muhammadu Buhari.
Dr. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, expressed joy over the vaccination exercise as he describes it as ”watershed.”
Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, also said it was important that we first cater for those who cater for us ”.
After he was vaccinated, Ngong, who has been administering treatment on a COVID-19 patient at the Nationa Hospital Isolation Centre in Abuja since last year, 2020, said he wished his father had taken the vaccine as he dies of the novel virus.