Ngong Cyprian, a medical doctor, is the first person in Nigeria to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Since March 2020, when the first case of the disease was reported in the country, Dr. Cyprian has been a frontline health worker.
He received the vaccine on Friday in Abuja, at the start of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Nigeria, which was organised by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).
“As you can see, I just got the vaccine and I’m fine. I had a dream about getting the vaccine, and I finally got it today. “Here at National Hospital, at the Isolation Centre, we’ve been at the forefront of the COVID-19 fight under the able leadership of the National Hospital,” said the medical doctor.
“They’ve provided everything we need for this fight,” he added. We’ve lost some, gained some, and are relieved that the vaccines are now available in Nigeria.
“I believe that is the best news we’ve received since then. I only wish my father had received this vaccine months ago. We lost him, but we are grateful to God, and the fight is still going on, and we will prevail.”
Dr. Cyprian received the vaccine at the National Hospital in the nation’s capital from the NPHCDA’s Executive Director, Dr. Faisal Shuaib.
Dr. Cyprian was given an electronic card with a QR code shortly after receiving the vaccine.
According to Dr. Shuaib, the code contains information about vaccine recipients and is required to verify such information, particularly when travelling outside of the country.
“It will show what vaccines he (Cyprian) has received, when he received the first and second doses, as well as his photo.
“Because of the QR code, this is also an electronic card.” He told the crowd at the event that the card also contained the exact batch number of the vaccines he had received.
More health workers are being trained, according to the NPHCDA boss, to make them perfect in what they do not just in Abuja, but across the country.
Dr. Sahil Yunusa, another medical practitioner, and two other health workers joined Dr. Cyprian as the first Nigerians to receive the vaccines.
Dr. Yunusa works at the Gwagwalada isolation centre in Abuja, where 10,549 COVID-19 patients’ lives are said to have been saved.