The Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, has announced that Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari will receive Covid-19 vaccine on live television, alongside other top and prominent Nigerian leaders including Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha to help drive awareness.
While speaking at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, Mr Shuaib, explained that the move will create and drive awareness, adding that the decision was taken to demonstrate in full glare of the public, that the vaccine is safe.
“On Tuesday I had mentioned that we will like to see a situation where Mr. President, the Vice President, the SGF, critical leaders come and take the vaccine in full glare of the public to demonstrate that this vaccine is safe. So we have to make provisions for those,” he said.
He also spoke on the need to prioritize health workers who are the frontliners in the fight against Covid-19.
“But even in developed countries, what we have seen is that apart from the prioritization of health workers, you have to also identify critical leaders that you don’t want them to be wiped off by the virus.
“For example, in warfare, if you want to destroy your enemies, you look for specific leaders, captains, the generals, once you decapitate them, then the soldiers will become weak.
“So, as much as possible you do not want to also leave your leaders vulnerable to COVID-19, it doesn’t. It doesn’t mean you want to prioritize politicians, that is not correct.
“I emphasized during the last briefing that we will prioritize our health workers because they are the ones in direct contacts with cases in isolation units.” He said.