LAGOS– Prof. Dimie Ogoina, President, Nigerian Infectious Diseases Society (NIDS), has reacted to the death of Chief Ladi Williams, a senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), whose son, Kunle Williams, said died of COVID-19 on Sunday, despite taking the two jabs of COVID-19 vaccine.
Ogoina, who is also a Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Niger Delta University and Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Bayelsa State, said, “We need to be sure that COVID-19 is the direct cause of death. In the concept of the direct cause of death, you can have two or more concomitant diseases at the same time. For instance, you could have COVID-19, diabetes, hypertension, and some other diseases. That you have COVID-19 does not mean that it is COVID-19 that actually killed one, it could be diabetes or hypertension or something else that killed one, it is just a coincidence that one had COVID-19.”
“The benefit of vaccines is not necessarily the protection it offers to the individual. Of course, it offers protection to the individual, but the protection it offers the population, so a large number of people are protected if you vaccinate. In addition, people can be protected, not everybody. I have just given you a typical example with malaria, so also polio, children get polio vaccine but a few of them develop polio, and it is for this same reason, maybe their gene or immune systems that make the vaccine not work. So it should not stop people from taking the vaccine, because the benefits far outweigh the risk and there are minimal risks and it protects the population,” he added.