COVID-19: WHO’s Advice To Pregnant Women

The World Health Organization has advised pregnant women to seek medical attention, if they experience adverse effects after taking COVID-19 vaccine.

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Vaccine Officer of the WHO Regional Office for Africa, Phionah Atuhebwe said this in a special report published by the organization.

She said that like all medical products, vaccines can cause side effects, which usually grow from mild to severe cases.

Atuhebwe said, “There had been no report of one side effect of covid-19 vaccine in pregnant women.

“However, the common side effect after being vaccinated includes: pain or tenderness in your arms where you had the injection, feeling tired, headaches and in some people, fever.

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“This is normal and assures that your body is building immunity. If you are worried about your symptoms, speak with a health professional.”

The Executive Director, of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, had last Month confirmed a total 10,027 reported cases of side effect across the country.

According to Shuaib, the symptoms ranged from pain and swelling at site of vaccination to more serious symptoms such as headaches, abdominal pain, fever, dizziness and allergic reactions.

He had said, “There have been cases of mild, moderate and severe Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) since we officially rolled out Covid-19 vaccination on March 15, 2021.

“A total of 10,027 cases of mild AEFI have been reported as of May 30th, while 86 cases of moderate to severe incidents have been reported. All these individuals have since fully recovered.”

States with the highest cases according to him include Cross River (1,040), Kaduna (1,071), Lagos (796), Yobe (555), and Kebbi with 525 cases.

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