CoronavirusNews422 Passengers Arrested With Fake COVID-19 Vaccination Cards In Nigeria

The Federal Ministry of Health has said over 422 passengers were arrested with fake COVID-19 vaccination cards in July and August 2022.

Geoffrey Okatubo, Director, Port Health Services disclosed this during the ministerial briefing and update on COVID-19 response and development in the health sector.

Okatubo explained that a high number of passengers coming and leaving the country turned up with fake COVID-19 vaccination cards, though 96 percent of passengers coming to Nigeria were COVID-19 vaccinated.

“176 of such cases were recorded at the Abuja International Airport in July and 246 at other airports in the country in August,” he said.

In a remark, Director-General Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Fedayo Adetifa has confirmed that 18,577 cases of measles were recorded with 190 deaths as of week 35 in 36 states and Federal Capital Territory.

Adetifa said the impacts of COVID-19 continued to increase the risk of measles and probable increase in yellow fever outbreaks due to delayed planned vaccination campaigns.

The Director-General represented by the Head of Response Division, Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Department at the Centre, Dr. Olaolu Aderinola said: “There are 40 LGAs with the active outbreak. We continue to support state responses to measles outbreaks.”

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)
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