Nigerians have been urged to accept the COVID-19 vaccine brought to tackle the infectious disease, in other to avoid efforts put in place to be a failure.
The call was made in a statement by the Chief Medical Director, Federal Teaching Hospital ( FETHI), Ido-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Professor Adekunle Ajayi, Press Informant understands.
Speaking during a service award ceremony organised purposely for some medical practitioners who have worked faithfully for two decades in the state during the weekend, Prof. Ajayi noted that medical experts have used vaccines over the years to deal with infectious diseases.
Reacting again to the attitudes of some Nigerians to safety procedures, the CMD stated that apathy was the major challenge at the moment. He said: “There is apathy on the part of people to do the right thing. When you get to that point, you need to keep talking. The truth is that we moved from an era when fear was the motivating factor to one where apathy is the major challenge. That is expected for anything that is longer than expected or that will also affect the comfort of people. We are on top of the game”.
He added: “As I have always said, the best form of prevention in infectious diseases is hygiene, that is an issue that we must not let down. We must continue to talk about hygiene – personal hygiene, community hygiene and basic things – use mask, wash your hands, use hand sanitisers, maintain the appropriate distance and avoid crowded areas. Take responsibility to ensure that you are not infected. When you take responsibility to protect yourself, you are indirectly protecting the several people around you.
“No matter how well-intended a scheme is if the people do not accept it, it is going to end up as a failure. We have to sensitize the public to accept that these vaccines are meant to help them as part of measures,” Ajayi noted.
Meanwhile, the founder of the Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministry, Abuja, Prophet Emmanuel Omale has in his 2021 prophecies, declared that the current COVID-19 vaccines won’t be as effective as expected by some people.