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Omicron Rises In West Africa As Nigerian Agency, NPHCDA Says 16-Year-Olds Can Now Take COVID Jabs

Published by Sahara Reporters on Fri, 14 Jan 2022


The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) has announced that individuals under the age of 16 and 17 can have vaccination against coronavirus as the surge of the virus increases.The health agency gave the waiver in an advisory made available to journalists on Thursday.'The NPHCDA has given a waiver for persons aged 16 and 17 to receive COVID-19 vaccines if required for educational purposes,' the advisory read.It had earlier been reported that the Nigerian Government, through the NPHCDA, had earlier recommended that only eligible Nigerians from age 18 and above would be allowed to take the vaccine.It was also reported that countries in Europe and the United States of America, following the worsening cases in the number of child infections, had also commenced the administration of vaccines for children, a move which global health bodies and agencies had castigated following the lack of vaccine equity in countries across the world.Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation's regional office for Africa, on Thursday, declared the Omicron variant of COVID-19 as the dominant strain in two African countries ' Nigeria and Cape Verde.Though the body did not divulge the number of Omicron cases in the two countries, it noted, 'While it took around four weeks for the Delta variant to surpass the previously dominant Beta, Omicron outpaced Delta within two weeks in the worst-hit African countries.'The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had on December 1, 2021 announced three new index cases of the Omicron variant, which was dubbed a variant of concern in the country.As of December 21, 2021, the centre added that the number of Omicron cases in the country had risen to 45.Speaking during a virtual press briefing, the WHO Director of Emergency Preparedness, Dr Abdou Laye Gueye, who spoke on behalf of the Regional Director, Dr Moeti Matshidiso, elucidated that the low vaccination drive had continued to fuel the variants, adding that the next wave might not be so forgiving as the Omicron variant.'In countries experiencing a surge in cases, the fast-spreading Omicron variant has become the dominant type. While it took around four weeks for the Delta variant to surpass the previously dominant Beta, Omicron outpaced Delta within two weeks in the worst-hit African countries.'Early indications suggest that Africa's fourth wave has been steep and brief, but no less destabilising. The crucial pandemic countermeasure badly needed in Africa still stands, and that is rapidly and significantly increasing COVID-19 vaccination. The next wave might not be so forgiving.'So far, 30 African countries, and at least 142 globally, have detected the Omicron variant. The Delta variant has been reported in 42 countries in Africa. In West Africa, where COVID-19 cases are on the rise, the number of Omicron sequences undertaken by countries, including Cabo Verde, Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal, is growing.'In Cabo Verde and Nigeria, Omicron is currently the dominant variant. This year should mark a turning point in Africa's COVID-19 vaccination drive. With vast swaths of the population still unvaccinated, our chances of limiting the emergence and impact of deadly variants are frighteningly slim.'PUBLIC HEALTHNewsAddThis:Original Author:SaharaReporters, New YorkDisable advertisements:
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