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40 million Nigerians to receive first COVID-19 vaccines – PTF

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Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has said about 40 million Nigerians will be vaccinated when the country receives the first batch of vaccines.

The PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, said this on Wednesday when he featured on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme.

Nigerians may be reluctant to receive COVID-19 vaccines.

Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, recently said Nigeria should expect to take delivery of the COVID-19 vaccines by January 2021.

Aliyu, however, said on Wednesday that like the challenge faced during polio vaccinations, many Nigerians might hesitate to take COVID-19 vaccine shots.

“The biggest challenge we will have with the vaccine is not going to be the logistics; the biggest challenge will be the public acceptance of the safety of the vaccines and allowing themselves to be vaccinated. The challenge will be very similar to the one we have with polio,” he said.

Aliyu, who also said vaccines alone won’t help Nigerians out of COVID, advised Nigerians to observe all preventive measures including the use of face masks, maintaining social distancing, regular hand washing, amongst others.

He said the Federal Government was working on modalities to ensure efficient storage and transportation of the COVID vaccines.

He said, “We have continued to work with the Federal Ministry of Health and Primary Healthcare Development Agency; the NPHCDA has a lot of ideas for delivering vaccines across the country. They were involved with the polio vaccination and even at the moment. They are responsible for the delivery of the growth in child vaccination across the country, so they have a lot of experience.

“What is particularly challenging with some of these vaccines has to do with storage where you have to store them at -70 degrees and transport them around the country before you are able to use them.

“A lot of work is going on behind the scene. The NPHCDA has a committee, the minister has set up an advisory committee and the PTF is now coming in to make sure we coordinate effectively.”

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Ninety percent of medical consultants leaving Nigeria –MDCAN

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The Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria has shown that nine out of every 10 medical and dental consultants with less than five years of experience plan to leave the country for greener pastures.

The MDCAN said the survey carried out in March 2022 by its Medical Education Committee also found that over 500 medical and dental consultants had left Nigeria for developed countries over the preceding two years.

The association made this known in a statement signed by its President, Dr Victor Makanjuola, and made available to The PUNCH on Wednesday.

The statement read in part, “Disturbed by the impact of this ugly trend on our country’s health sector growth and development, the MDCAN has conducted a survey among its chapters in March 2022 and found that over 500 medical and dental consultants had left Nigeria for more developed countries over the preceding two years.

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“A further exploration of data by the association’s Medical Education Committee showed that nine out of every 10 medical and dental consultants with less than five years experience on the job had plans to leave the country.

“Furthermore, the Nigerian Medical Association recently reported that only 24,000 doctors are currently registered to practise in Nigeria, giving a ratio of one doctor to over 8,000 Nigerians, against the World Health Organisation’s recommended ratio of one doctor to every 600 people.

“It is important to note that the average medical and dental consultant is not only a clinician but also doubles as a teacher for medical students and doctors in specialist (residency) training. It, therefore, goes without saying that the loss of this category of highly skilled workforce to other countries will not only have an immediate negative impact on clinical service delivery but will leave a long-term devastating impact on the training of future doctors in Nigeria.”

According to the association, the country produces approximately 12,000 doctors per year to meet the required number of doctors in the country.

“Anecdotal projections indicate that the 3,000 fresh medical and dental doctors, on average, produced by our local medical schools in Nigeria and another 1,000 produced by foreign medical schools, fall far short of the number of such healthcare personnel required to meet the country’s yearly medical manpower supply needs, estimated to fall between 10,000 and 12,000 (about three times the current rate),” it added.

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There’ll be no doctor in Nigeria as 4,000 set to migrate – NARD

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  • •Says we’re getting to a point where there’ll be no doctors in Nigeria
  • •Tasks govt to stop situation to avoid disaster in health sector
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No going back on December strike – UK nurses

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Nurses across the UK are set go on strike after ministers rejected their pleas for formal talks over NHS pay.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) says there is no going back on the individual action, declaring that its members will  stage the national strike – the first in its 106-year history – on 15 and 20 December.

The industrial action is expected to last for 12 hours on both days – most likely between 8am and 8pm.

The unprecedented national industrial action will seriously disrupt care and is likely to be the first in a series of strikes over the winter and into the spring by other NHS staff, including junior doctors and ambulance workers.

The RCN said it had confirmed the dates after the UK government turned down its offer of formal, detailed negotiations as an alternative to industrial action.

“Ministers have had more than two weeks since we confirmed that our members felt such injustice that they would strike for the first time,” said the RCN general secretary, Pat Cullen. “My offer of formal negotiations was declined and, instead, ministers have chosen strike action.

“They have the power and the means to stop this by opening serious talks that address our dispute. Nursing staff have had enough of being taken for granted, enough of low pay and unsafe staffing levels, enough of not being able to give our patients the care they deserve.”

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The strikes will take place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The RCN will announce which particular NHS employers will be affected next week, when formal notifications are submitted, it said.

In Scotland, the RCN has paused announcing strike action after the Scottish government reopened NHS pay negotiations.

The strikes are taking place after a series of individual ballots were held at NHS trusts and boards, rather than one national ballot.

At more than 40% of England’s hospitals, mental health and community services nurses will not be entitled to strike because the turnout was too low in those ballots. Action can happen, however, at all of Northern Ireland’s health boards and all but one in Wales.

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