The World Health Organisation (WHO), has disowned reported high ranking for Nigerian government’s COVID-19 response.
WHO country representative, Walter Kazadi Mulombo who gave the clarification on the sidelines of the commencement of Nigeria’s second phase of the COVID-19 vaccines programme at the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, on Monday, said the organisation had not ranked countries based on their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Some independent media analysis had previously presented a ranking for top 10 countries, with Nigeria appearing on the fourth position. It should be noted, however, that this is not a WHO ranking,” he said.
Mulombo, however, noted that Nigeria had mounted one of the most effective responses to COVID-19, putting in place measures.
The representative added; “As I always mentioned at different fora, vaccines are a critical tool in the battle against COVID-19. These vaccines are safe and effective and will be the game-changer. But for the foreseeable future, we must continue wearing masks, physical distance, and avoid crowds.”
He also noted that Nigeria is currently experiencing the third wave of COVID-19 outbreaks.
The Global Normalcy Index ranked Nigeria fourth out of 50 countries on the Economist’s Global Normalcy Index. The index sought to establish which nations were returning to their pre-pandemic ranges by classifying nations on eight metrics: time away from residence, retail, workplace use, public transportation, site visitors, air journeys, cinema visits, and sporting occasions.