COVID-19: I lost 2 family members, almost lost my wife – UNICEF WASH Manager declares, urges Nigerians on vaccination


Mr Rahid Aziz, UNICEF Kano WASH Manager 

By Akanji Alowolodu, Kano

The Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Manager of UNICEF, Kano Field Office. Mr Rahid Aziz has declared that he lost two family members to COVID-19 pandemic and almost lost his wife to the pandemic stressing the need for people to stop the denial syndrome and get vaccinated. 
Speaking on behalf of the UNICEF Kano Chief of Field Office at the opening of a 2 days Media Dialogue on COVID-19 Vaccine campaign holding at Tahir Guest Place, Kano on Thursday, Rahid Aziz said that, “COVID-19 pandemic is real, it is here and we must accept that fact”. 

He also said that because of the deadly nature of the infection, scientists and other researchers have being working round the clock to discover the best medical solutions to the pandemic saying that for now, the vaccines are the best option the world over. 
Rahid Aziz stressed that, “now there is vaccines, not one not two, we have them from different sources. People should just avail themselves to take the vaccines in order to safeguard themselves from the infection”.
According to him, the vaccine is for protection and prevention as it has been proven to be potent at least for 90 percent which he said is a good rating in medical records adding that it is important for people to understand that. 
The UNICEF WASH Manager therefore stressed that the media has a very important role to play in taking the message of acceptability to Nigerians by sustainable information and communications on the importance of the vaccination. 
He added that through its messages, the media will be able to educate the public on the various misconceptions related to the vaccines stressing that people tend to believe what they hear from the media particularly in their own local languages. 
He assured that UNICEF will continue to collaborate with the media in all its activities so that the target audience will be easily reached. 

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