The federal government has inaugurated a 17-man committee of medical experts with a call on health workers nationwide to report any case of adverse effects of immunization to the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA).
The government also advised them to work closely with officers in the rural areas so as to obtain accurate data that would assist them in their duties.
The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Muhammed Pate, while inaugurating the committee entitled: “National Experts Committee on Case Review and Casualty Assessment of Adverse Effect of Immunization”, in Abuja, said that the committee had become necessary in view of reported mild effects after the introduction of MenAfrivac Meningitis vaccine last December.
Represented by the Executive Director of the NPHCDA, Dr. Ado Muhammad, he said that surveillance of AEFI constitutes an integral part of any immunization as recommended by the World Health Organisation.