From Asha SD Jamal and Babagana Bukar Wakil, Maiduguri
Ambassador Cobhams Asuquo has today called on Nigerians to have confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine and ensure children receive their routine immunizations to prevent deadly diseases.
The call came on as the world celebrated World Health Day. Cobhams was joined in the call by other world-renowned African artists Angelique Kidjo, Calema, Magic System and Safiath.
The musical artists united with UNICEF to promote confidence in COVID-19 vaccines one month after the start of the historic roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines in several West and Central African countries.
The important call came in response to record levels of vaccine misinformation sweeping the region, risking efforts to control the global pandemic.
UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Marie-Pierre Poirier said Rumours and misinformation literally cost lives by discouraging people to seek vaccination.
Cobhams Asuquo said, “As Nigerians and as Africans, we have gone through too much to let this virus hold us back and we need to do whatever we can to safeguard our future.”
Asuquo Also said Vaccines have prevented polio, chickenpox and measles from spreading for generations. Soon, vaccines will help slow the spread of COVID-19 too,” said singer Safiath, a popular artist in Niger.