Rumble Over FG’s COVID-19 Vaccine Sharing Formula: Zamfara Gets 1,339, FCT 936 Doses…Lagos, Oyo Plan Purchase

FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

News Investigators/ State Governments, including Ogun, Oyo and Cross River states have faulted the doses of COVID-19 vaccines allocated to them by the Federal Government, even as some have vowed to buy independently in order to meet the need of their respective states.

Lagos and Oyo states stated that they planned to buy more COVID-19 vaccines to enable them cover the more population considering the number of infection cases in their States.

Although, the sharing formula for the covid-19 doses allocated to states is not clear, Lagos with 22,562 cases, the highest number of infection cases as at November 17, 2020 was allocated 3,131 doses, while Kano with 1,768 reported cases within same period in November got an allocation of 3,557 doses.

According to the figures released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) November 2020 on Covid-19 cases per state, Lagos recorded the highest of 22,562 cases, 1,223 active cases, 82 death and 21,119 recovery.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recorded the second highest infection cases of 6,385 with 369 active cases, 82 death and 5,934 recovery.

Similarly, Kastina had 965 reported cases, 12 active, 24 death and 926 recovery.

It would be recall that the Federal Government had last week, said it was expecting 100,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine before the end of the month.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, who disclosed this on Tuesday last week during a press conference of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, said the country would later in the year receive 42 million free doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

The NPHCDA, at a webinar on Friday, released the sharing formula for 100,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

According to the data shared by NPHCDA, the distribution breakdown is as follows Kano, 3,557; Lagos, 3,131; Katsina, 2,361; Kaduna, 2,074; Bauchi, 1,900; Oyo, 1,848; Rivers, 1,766; Jigawa, 1,712; Niger, 1,558; Ogun, 1,473; Sokoto, 1,468; Benue, 1,423; Borno, 1,416; Anambra, 1,379; Kebbi, 1,268; Zamfara, 1,336; Delta, 1,306; Imo, 1,267; Ondo, 1,228; and Akwa Ibom, 1,161.

Others are Adamawa, 1,129; Edo, 1,104; Plateau, 1,089; Enugu, 1,088; Osun, 1,032; Kogi, 1,030; Cross River, 1,023; Abia, 955; Gombe, 908; Yobe, 842; Ekiti, 830; Taraba, 830; Kwara, 815; Ebonyi, 747; Bayelsa, 589; FCT, 695 and Nasarawa, 661.

On its part, the Benue State Government said the issue of allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses ought to have been discussed at the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.

All the states said they were not involved in deciding the sharing formula for the vaccine doses.

Also, in the period under review, Whereas Ogun State recorded 2,103 cases with 78 active, 31death and 1,994 recovery, Zamfara state had 79 total reported cases, 1 active cases, 5 death and 73 recovery; Kogi recorded cases was put at 5, none active case, 2 death and 3 recovery, whereas Cross River had 89 cases, 2 active, 9 death and 78 recovery.

Oyo state had 3,698 cases, 406 active , 45 death and 3,242 recovery.

Meanwhile, Oyo State Government said vaccine doses allocated to the state by the Federal Government were not inadequate.

The state Governor, Seyi Makinde, said alternative provisions would be made for additional vaccines to be procured for the state.

The governor who spoke to one of our correspondents through his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, said, “We don’t have vaccine yet in Nigeria so, the allocation was made on paper ahead of its availability in the country. The governor said this evening that the number that is projected to be given to Oyo is grossly inadequate and that the state is going to make alternative arrangements.

“The state would talk to alternative manufacturers of vaccines and make direct procurement where possible. With 1,800 vaccines, if a person is injected with two dozes, only 900 people would get. When you look at this in consideration of the population of Oyo State, what percentage would that be? That is why the state needs to open discussion with other manufacturers of certified vaccines.”

Similarly, the Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Betta Edu, told journalists that the doses of COVID-19 vaccine allocated to the state would not be enough for its over 5,000 health workers

“The sharing was done based on places considered to be hot spots. More concentration was on Lagos, Abuja and other hot spots in the country.

“Cross River has very few cases. However, the vaccine that would be sent is definitely not enough. It cannot even go round our health workers. We will be seeking more,” she said.

But the Lagos State Government said it was making efforts to get COVID-19 vaccine doses for residents aside from the arrangement being made for the country by the Federal Government.

The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, stated this while reacting to the sharing formula released by the NPHCDA.

Omotosho, who spoke to one of our correspondents on the telephone, said the state government was surprised at seeing the allocations to different states.

He said, “Nobody has involved us in what the national vaccine strategy would be. So, all these are new to us. We have not heard anything from the Federal Government; there has been no directive. But whatever they give us, we will take.

“We are also working on getting our own independently. No matter what happens, the safety of Lagosians is our priority. Whatever it will take, the government will ensure that when the vaccine arrives, Lagosians are not left out.

Also, the Benue State Commissioner for Information, Mrs Ngunan Adingi, said that the state had yet to receive the COVID-19 vaccine distribution list.

Adingi said, “We have not received any vaccine in the state neither have we been given distribution list of the vaccine.

It wasn’t discussed at govs’ forum – Benue commissioner

“If anything of such is going to happen, I know that it has to be discussed at Governors Forum and this has not happened. I just called the Commissioner for Health and he told me that nothing of such has happened.”
-With additional reports


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