Dr. Cyprian Ngong of the National Hospital, Abuja, was the first Nigerian to receive a jab of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria.
The frontline health worker took the vaccine yesterday, after the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, flagged off the COVID-19 vaccination exercise in Nigeria.
The vaccine was administered to Dr Ngong by the Executive Director of the NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, at the National Hospital in the nation’s capital.
Speaking to newsmen after taking the jab, Dr Ngong who had his vaccination aired on national television, hailed the commencement of the exercise in Nigeria. Sharing his experience after taking the vaccine, Dr. Ngong says:
“You can see, I just took the vaccine now and I feel good. I have dreamt of taking the vaccine and I have taken the vaccine today. We’ve been at the forefront of the COVID-19 fight here in National Hospital at the Isolation Centre under the able leadership of the National Hospital.
They’ve provided everything we need for this fight. We’ve lost some, we’ve got some and we are happy we are getting the vaccines now in Nigeria. I think that is about the best news we’ve heard since.
I only wished my dad had had this vaccine, maybe months ago or so. We lost him but we thank God, and the fight is still on and we will win.”