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By Chukwudi Nwauba

Awka, March 26, 2021(MOI) Vice-Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Prof. Charles Okechukwu Esimone has urged the public to disregard rumours in the social media trying to discourage people from accepting the COVID-19, saying they are unfounded and ill-advised.

Nnamdi Azikiwe University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Charles Okechukwu Esimone

Prof. Esimone said this after taking the jab at the office of the Commissioner for Health, Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.

“As a health scientist, I know those are unfounded rumours and as you can see I have taken the vaccine.

“I am a vaccinologist by training and we know that vaccines constitute the most accessible and affordable means of preventing any kind of infectious diseases especially the COVID-19 pandemic.   

“It is advisable for all to take the vaccine; this is my card, it is safe and I encourage Nigerians to do the same and we should be our brothers’ keepers.

The VC noted that for Nigeria to achieve health immunity of about 70 per cent of the population must be vaccinated in one way or the other.

“We are leading by example; that is why we are receiving this vaccine as well telling our people that this is the right way to go.

“Others should join in doing the same by encouraging their loved ones to take the vaccine,’’ he said.   

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration UNIZIK, Prof. Joseph Ikechebelu, said that the only COVID-19 can be handled is by prevention since there’s no cure yet for it particularly in the area of medicinal cure. 

“So, we have to encourage ourselves, accept that COVID-19 has come to stay with us and the only way we can handle it is through preventions and directives from relevant bodies.

“Vaccine is preventive and if we are able to prevent it, it is not the first viral disease that we have to prevent; we have diseases like hepatitis and other ones, all the triple vaccines even at childhood are given to children.

“This is also something that will help us to contain these pandemics and once we are able to do that, we will be free to get back to normal life.’’  

Prof. Ikechebelu explained that as a gynecologist, “the vaccine has nothing to do with child bearing ability, and fertility is not affected by the vaccine’’.

According to him, the vaccine will take care of a virus that is affecting us and the virus itself has nothing to do with fertility and this is not a virus that is attacking fertility per say.

“It is a respiratory virus, so when the vaccine comes it is also going to deal with it in that direction.’’

He enjoined Ndi Anambra and other people to go ahead and take the vaccine.

“I assure all that your fertility will not be affected and you can still have the number of children you want after taking the vaccine.’’ No fewer than eight professors and some staff members of the institution received the jabs under the supervision of Dr Vincent Okpala, Anambra Commissioner for Health. (MOI)
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