Prof. Chris Bode, Chief Medical Director (CMD), Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, says the ongoing global COVID-19 vaccination is a positive and gradual step to end the pandemic.
Bode made the assertion on Wednesday, shortly after he received the COVID-19 vaccine.
The LUTH CMD and Provost, College of Medicine, Prof. David Oke, led other management staff along with the medical and health personnel to receive the vaccination.
Bode urged Nigerians to register for the exercise, saying that the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine has been proven safe for usage.
“Flagging off of this vaccination is a great occasion for us here, because I recall that we started the treatment of COVID-19 here a year ago.
“The danger and fear was much then without any major protection, except for the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
“We treated over 890 COVID-19 patients and carried out 15, 000 COVID-19 test in LUTH.
“This vaccination will save lives and help to get things normalise gradually around the globe; we should endeavour to register and take this vaccination.
“I don’t envisage that anybody will suffer any side effect,” the chief medical director said.
He commended Community Medicine personnel, infectious disease team and other departments in LUTH for working as a team to manage and care for COVID-19 patients.
Bode also thanked the Federal Government, Lagos State Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for their supports.
In his remarks, Oke urged Nigerians to continue to maintain the COVID-19 protocols by adhering strictly to all the guidelines until the country attain herd immunity.
“The Federal Government has done a lot by putting in efforts to make this available for Nigerians, but after getting the vaccine, we should not throw away our universal health precaution.
“We need to continue to use our nose masks, watch our hands regular and maintain social distancing until 70 per cent of our population gets vaccinated, which is herd immunity,” he said.