NHS Wales have today began a public Health campaign to convince pregnant women to get the Coronavirus vaccine after research shows they are twice as likely to have a stillbirth. Pregnant women appear no more or less likely to contract the virus, but growing evidence shows that pregnant women with coronavirus are at a higher risk of severe illness and hospital admission compared to non-pregnant women with Coronavirus. Complications such as pre-eclampsia, pre-term birth and stillbirth are twice as likely in pregnant women with Coronavirus compared to pregnant women who don’t have Coronavirus. Risks increase in the third trimester and for women with underlying health conditions. Risks heightens in the third trimester and for women with underlying health conditions. Medical experts are pleading with women to get the vaccine, saying that there are no adverse effects to taking it. Dr. Christopher Johnson, Consultant Epidemiologist and Interim Head of the Vaccine Preventable Disease Programme for Public Health Wales, said: “Vaccines are safe and highly effective in preventing Coronavirus and reducing risks to pregnant women and their babies.
The Federal Government has barred unvaccinated civil servants from work with effect from December 2021. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha made the announcement on Wednesday in Abuja, during a national briefing of the committee. "With effect from 1st December 2021, Federal Government employees shall be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result done within 72 hours, to gain access to their offices, in all locations within Nigeria and our Missions. An appropriate service-wide advisory/circular will be issued to guide the process," Mustapha said.
The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) have suspended their planned strike scheduled to commence on Saturday, September 18, 2021. This followed a unanimous resolution adopted by the groups to step down the notice of strike and issued a fresh notice of 15 days. Following the emergency meeting of the expanded National Executive Council of the JOHESU and AHPA on Friday, the unions admonished the Federal Government to expedite actions and fulfill their demands within 15 days. This was contained in a communique signed by the acting National General, JOHESU, Mathew Ajorutu, issued at the end of the meeting. The unions had on September 2 threatened to embark on strike over unmet demands. The expanded NEC comprised the Presidents and General Secretaries of affiliate unions and professional associations, NEC members of affiliate unions, and JOHESU Chairmen and Secretaries at the State and Branch levels. The NEC-in-Session said it critically appraised the reports of JOHESU negotiation and conciliation meetings with FG since the declaration of the trade dispute through the 15-day strike notice issued on September 2.
Edo State Government said from next week, the state government will restrict unvaccinated Medical doctors, teachers from having access to their patients, students respectively. The Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Health, Dr. Osamwonyi Irowa made this known during the covid-19 briefing in Benin City, the state capital, saying that Teachers and Doctors who are yet to be vaccinated would not be allowed to see their students and patients respectively. Recall the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on 31st August 2021 gave an order restraining the Edo state government from compelling its residents to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Governor Obaseki had last two weeks publicly declared that all residents of Edo state who did not receive coronavirus vaccine would not be allowed to access any public place within Edo state. His declaration was greeted with public backlash that made some interested parties approach the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt praying Obaseki pronouncement was against their fundamental human Right. The court on 31st August ruled that Governor Obaseki has no right to compel people to accept Covid-19 vaccine.
Pfizer on Thursday said they have made requests to the Food and Drug Administration, FDA, to authorize its Covid-19 vaccine with BioNTech for kids between the ages of 5 to 11. The positive news couldn’t have come any sooner for parents eager to get their kids vaccinated as children get set to begin the new school year with the delta variant surging across America. The strain has resulted in a surge in U.S hospitalizations, including among young kids who are currently ineligible to get vaccinated. The U.S FDA has scheduled October, 26 for its panel of outside advisers to meet and deliberate the application, making it possible for kids to commence receiving the vaccines shortly afterward. A rapid authorization of the vaccine in young kids could assist in mitigating a potential rise of cases this fall, with schools already in session nationwide. White House Covid-19 response Jeffrey Zients on Thursday, said the vaccine could be ready for delivery as early as November pending approval from federal regulatory health agencies.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 519 COVID-19 infections were recorded across the country on Tuesday from 14 states. According to the public health agency, the 519 additional new cases in the country represented an increase from the 387 cases reported on Monday. Lagos recorded 120 cases, followed by Ogun with 110 cases and Rivers with 74. Other states are Edo (63), FCT (58), Oyo (31), Kaduna (15), Bayelsa (11), Cross River (11), Delta (11), Kano (5), Ogun (4), Plateau (3), Adamawa (2) and Gombe (1).