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‘Social media hinders Nigeria’s vaccination’

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EXECUTIVE Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, has blamed increasing wave of misinformation and disinformation making the rounds on social media for low rate of COVID-19 vaccination in Nigeria.

  Shuaib made this known at a media conference to update Nigerians on the misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccination in Abuja, today.

  According to him, the creativity with which some people misinform others and spread misconceptions about COVID-19 vaccination calls for more deliberate, decisive, and consistent steps to counter as well as provide correct and accurate information that will help more people to make informed decision to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“It is unfortunate that the right of the public to true and accurate information on matters of collective concern is being threatened by just a few others who are taking advantage of social media to mislead people about their health. Let me quickly state here that this breach of the public right to true and accurate information about COVID-19 vaccination is a challenge to the media, which should be taken seriously.

It is evident that Nigeria has made significant progress towards utilizing the 4 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine we got from COVAX facility and that is why our vaccine rollout has been described as the best in the African sub-region. As the country prepares to receive additional vaccine supply to commence phase 2 of its strategic vaccination plan, our attention has been drawn to, yet another level of disinformation targeted at discouraging people from seeking vaccination against COVID-19,” he said.

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