Hospital denies administering COVID-19 vaccine on woman
FCTA begins vaccination of journalists
Ashmed Specialist Hospital Kaduna has denied administering the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-190) vaccine on a woman, who started emitting blood from her nose and mouth.
The woman identified as Hanatu Tanko, in a viral video, claimed she bled through the mouth and nose after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on March 25.
The hospital explained that it did not vaccinate the woman, that it only received her as an epistasis patient.
Chief Medical Doctor (CMD) of Ashmed Hospital, Dr. Patrick Echobu, said she was admitted six days after she had been vaccinated at Kaduna South Secretariat, adding that she granted an interview, which was posted on the social media.
Echobu advised Kaduna residents to take the vaccine, as all medical staff in his hospital had taken their own shots.
The video of the woman, who claimed to be a health worker from Gwamna Awan General Hospital, had surfaced online, where she took the vaccine and started feeling dizzy and started vomiting blood.
In the video clip, the woman said: “I was vomiting blood through my nostrils and mouth. I was rushed to Gwamna Awan Hospital, where I was given medication to subside the pain. We were told in our place of work that if we don’t take the vaccine, we would not be paid. Since I am the breadwinner of my family and my mother is sick, I had to take the vaccine, so that I will be paid.”
MEANWHILE, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has started vaccinating members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Chapter, to restore public confidence in the vaccine.
Kicking off the exercise at the NUJ Secretariat in Utako, Abuja, the Minister of FCT, Muhammad Bello, said the administration considered it necessary to vaccinate journalists because they were among the frontline workers.
Represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Strategic Communications, Abubakar Sani, the minister noted that the vaccination would serve as testimony to some Nigerians who are already sceptical of the vaccine.
According to the minister, the vaccine is a normal medical to help boost the immune system, to protect people from contracting COVID-19 virus.
Responding, the FCT NUJ Chairman, Emmanuel Ogbeche, said vaccination of journalists would speak more than any advocacy carried out by the government.
Also, the Chairperson, National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Anne Daniel, expressed readiness of her association to sensitise women on the importance of taking the vaccine.
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