Factional apex Igbo socio cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Monday, alleged that the covid 19 vaccine was being diverted by some medical officials to private hospitals and individuals in the southeast zone.
The Chidi Ibeh led Ohaneze, said reason for the diversion was to sell the Astraveneca vaccine to patients, thereby denying some in the zone the opportunity to receive the vaccine free of charge as has been arranged by the federal government.
The faction, in a statement issued in Abakaliki, signed by its Secretary General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said they were aware of the sabotage and will reveal the perpetrators in due time.
” We are aware of the ongoing sabotage of few scrupulous medical officials in the diversion of covid 19 vaccines to private hospitals and individuals to be resold to patients.
“There must be strict rules for the covid 19 vaccine being administered to Ndigbo. Governors must place grave sanctions on erring medical professionals caught in this mischievous acts of sabotage.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo will continue to monitor the distribution of covid 19 PPEs to ensure that what is meant for the zone gets to the people”, he stated.
The group further urged Ndigbo to accept the covid 19 vaccination without any fear or ill feelings about its authenticity.
Isiguzoro described the ongoing panics brewing amongst Nigerians on the authenticity of the covid 19 vaccine, as unnecessary which needed to be urgently addressed by both federal and state governments.
He said they had to start up a campaign to encourage people from the zone to participate in the covid 19 vaccine jab, stressing that doing so will help in combating covid 19 fatality in the region.
The group also called on Governors from the zone to establish a unified communications and protocols to meet the needs of Ndigbo in the process of administering the covid 19 vaccine injection.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo call on Igbo Governors to establish unified communications and protocols to meet the needs of Ndigbo in the process of administering the covid vaccine programs.
“We urge Ndigbo to accept the covid 19 vaccine without any fear or ill feelings about authenticity”, he added.