Osibogun Urges Federal Govt. To Increase Rapid COVID-19 Vaccination

Prof.Akin Osibogun receiving his award from Mrs Moronoke Williams, a member of LASU Governing Council

A Professor of Public Health and Chairman, Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board, Akin Osibogun, has urged the federal government to ramp up COVID-19 vaccination in order to reduce the spread of the virus.

Osibogun made the remark at the 3rd Research Fair organised by the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, on Tuesday in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the fair was: “Creative and Innovative Solutions to COVID-19 Pandemic”.

He said that currently available vaccines appeared to be effective against most of the variants so far.

“There is still need for continuous monitoring of new variants that may require modifications to the vaccines.

“It is important to note that the strength of the vaccines is to prevent the serious manifestation of disease and not to prevent infection.

“Other layers of protection such as face masks and so on are still recommended even after vaccination,” Osibogun said.

He noted that prevention was still far better than a cure.

“Remember it will be better to breathe through a face mask than a ventilator.

“Ongoing research in Nigeria shows COVID-19 vaccines to be safe and immunogenic based on data we have collected in some selected states including Lagos.

“There are thousands of variants of SARS-COV-2 circulating globally such as Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Zeta, Delta and Mu.

“The Delta variant is more transmissible and virulent,” Osibogun said.

 David Sunmoni, Pro-Chancellor of LASU, said the theme of the fair was apt in view of current realities in the country.

 Sunmoni said that COVID-19 was an uninvited visitor that had ravaged the whole world since late 2019 and still causing mayhem to human existence.

 “However, through the wonders of modern medicine, science, research and technology, we have been able to stem the tide of the pandemic, even though we are not out of the woods yet.

“There are still many scientific, medical, social and societal questions left unanswered and several opportunities left unexplored, that is why research fairs like this are important.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is a result of quick scientific research. However, more explorations and testing are further required to contain the new variants,” he said.

Prof. Oyedamola Oke, Acting Vice-Chancellor of LASU,  said the research fair would contribute significant solutions to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Also, Prof. Olumuyiwa Odusanya, Director, Directorate of Research Management and Innovation, LASU, said the research fair connotes the global attention COVID-19 virus had received and the great hazards it had posed in terms of mortality, morbidity and socioeconomic disruptions.

“The pandemic is not going away soon and we may expect more pandemics in the near future.

“Therefore,  preparedness, surveillance, capacity building, funding, diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccines and cutting edge research remain the viable tools to keep the human race steps ahead.

“Furthermore, our university has demonstrated uncommon passion, hard work and search for solutions through a number of ways,” he said.

Odusanya called on all interested in advancing the welfare of the human race to be committed to the development and deployment of the tools needed to deal with pathogens with pandemic potential.

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