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FG Increases Immunisation Coverage By 10%



The federal government, yesterday announced 10 per cent increase in immunisation coverage between 2016 to date.

The executive director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Shuaib Faisal disclosed this at the 36th meeting of the Expert Review Committee (ERC) on polio and routine Immunization in Nigeria, held at NAF conference centre, Abuja.

According to him, “Recent study conducted indicate that between 2016 and the present time, we have seen a 10 per cent increase in routine immunisation coverage. 10 per cent might appear as if it is just marginal but in the routine Immunisation space, it is unprecedented. Never before have you seen this kind of huge jump anywhere in the world that within a period of two years we actually achieve 10 per cent increase in routine Immunisation.”

He said the achievement was tied to the support from President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and the minister of Health, adding that for the first time, Nigeria is close to polio eradication.

He noted that if the achievement continues in very few months, Nigeria will be certified polio free.


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