The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) has reiterated that immunisation against all vaccine preventable diseases in the country remain free and safe.
Executive director of the agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, reiterated this while addressing some management staff of the agency yesterday, in Abuja.
He described as false, the information trending in some social media platforms that the federal government had stopped free immunisation for Nigerian children.
He also dismissed some of the misleading video and audio clips on social media insinuating that vaccines are harmful.
Dr Shuaib assured members of the public and parents in particular that Nigeria has adequate vaccines for immunisation against vaccine-preventable diseases, emphasising that immunisation of all antigens in the national immunisation schedule remain free of charge to all parents and members of the public.
The executive director used the opportunity to reiterate the benefits of immunisation as contained in the national immunisation schedule which include saving the lives of children and women of child bearing age and strengthening population immunity against vaccine preventable diseases.
He further stated that vaccines and health commodities used by the agency for all public health programmes are pre-qualified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and certified safe for use by National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Dr. Shuaib urged all Nigerians to desist from playing politics with lives, safety and growth of Nigerian children, while charging health care providers not to charge the public for immunisation services as the vaccines are provided free.
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