Feb, 23rd, 2021 A survey in Nigeria shows that the COVID-19 rate of infection in the country is far much higher than thought to be. The severity of the situation is that every one out of five people tested in either Lagos, Enugu and Nasarawa is positive with the virus.
Lagos, which is the country’s largest city with a population of about 14,368,000 people has recorded over 4 million positive cases although the officials in the city state the number is 54,000 people. According to the survey that was conducted by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Institute for Medical Research states that the results of the survey have shown need for a speedy vaccination programme in Nigeria.
More than 1,800 people have died in the country from Covid-19.
Although the country’s officials have approved the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to Nigerians, it remains unclear when the country will receive its first doses. The country which is considering two other vaccines for use in the country, says it will strive to ensure they contain the disease as the UK strain has already struck them.
Nigeria is hopeful of a roll-out administration of the vaccine to it’s people even as the first batch of 100,000 doses expected this month delayed.