Minister of information, Lai Mohammed has warned Nigerians against patronising hawkers of products described as COVID-19 vaccines.
Speaking at the presidential task force briefing on Tuesday, the minister said the vaccines is yellow in colour, and is being hawked in Kano. He added that the vaccine have not been certified.
“The federal ministry of information and culture and its agencies have put up a public enlightenment and advocacy campaign to continue to reach Nigerians with information on how they can protect themselves and avoid contracting the disease. This is necessary because in the absence of any vaccine or drug, non-pharmaceutical intervention remains the most effective way to contain the spread of the disease and protect Nigerians.
By the way, you must ignore the vaccine being hawked in Kano which is called COVID-19 vaccine. It’s yellow in colour. It is not certified by anybody; please don’t patronise the hawkers.
The campaign has, therefore, continued to focus on the need for the populace to adhere strictly to social distancing and mass gathering restrictions. Wear face masks and ensure good personal hygiene.”
The minister said, the ministry has rolled out new set of television/ radio jingles which are in English, Pidgin English, Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba to Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN). The jingles he said, are been rolled out on state and private radio and television stations across the country and also on social media.
“They are in the process of rolling them out on state and private radio and television stations across the country and also on social media. We have no choice since information remains the most potent tool that can be deployed against the virus today,” he said.
The minister state that National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) are taken steps to prevent misinformation in broadcast stations by warning them to adhere to the professional ethics of balance and fairness in report on Covid-19; adding that the NBC has warned all stations against bringing on programmes with reckless agenda.