Nigeria Needs $274m For Polio Campaign – NPHCDA Boss

 Nigeria Needs $274m For Polio Campaign – NPHCDA Boss

polio-prevention-vaccines-opv-01Nigeria needs $274 million for polio campaign this year, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), said yesterday.
Its Executive Director Dr. Ado Mohammed who said this in Abuja on Tuesday at a pre-event press conference for Anglophone Africa peer review workshop on sustainable immunization, added that the country also need between $270 million to $440 million to buy new vaccines annually,
Mohammed said with the introduction of new vaccines in the agency’s immunization schedule, the cost of fully immunizing a child in Nigeria would rise from N4000 to about N14, 000.
He said: “By the time we fully introduce new vaccines in our immunization schedule, we will be moving the cost of fully immunizing a child in Nigeria from N4000 to about N14, 000. We will also be moving the cost of vaccine requirement from about $270 million dollars annually to about $440 million dollars by 2020.
“By then, Nigeria will no longer be Garvin eligible so the subsidy we receive in terms of co financing are from Garvin and other donors will not be there. So it means that the domestic funding to immunization has to improve. We have to find how to fund the vaccines required for our children.
He explained that Nigeria was not yet a polio free country, adding that the country needs to go two years before it is certified polio free.
Mohammed called on the Federal Government to mount active surveillance while being vigilant to avoid any case of polio in Nigeria.
“Nigeria as a country has made so much progress in immunization and Nigeria as a country is being commended globally for the major progress we have made on immunization, particularly on polio virus. It is over 20 months now without virus in Nigeria.
“We have made so much progress on routine immunization. We have seen routine immunization grow very high, the highest in the last 20 years. The country has not reported any stock out of vaccines in any facilities in the last 24 months and we need to sustain those achievements.
“We are also introducing new vaccines beyond the traditional vaccines. We have brought in pentavilent vaccines which is five in one shot. We have also brought vaccines to address the huge high burden we have of pneumonia and that will avert about 240 deaths annually,” he added.


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