Routine Immunization Increases by 10% across the Country

Routine Immunization Increases by 10% across the Country
Routine Immunization Increases by 10% across the Country
National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) said the Routine immunization rate has increased by 10 per cent across Nigeria in the last two years. The Executive Director of the agency, Faisal Shuaib, stated this on Monday in Abuja at the 36th meeting of the Expert Review Committee on Polio and Routine Immunization in Nigeria. He said recent studies on Routine Immunization show the increase between 2016 and early 2018. Shuaib also said Nigeria is very close to eradicating polio from the country.
He said, “We have done over 25 months now surveillance showing clearly that we are not missing wild polio virus cases in any of these areas. If this positive trajectory continues in the next 11 months and if we do have access to those obscured areas in the Northeast, it is very likely that the certification organization institutions would review the progress that Nigeria has made in the lack of polio virus transmission and very likely in the next few months Nigeria would be declared polio free.” He, however, said that the inability of caregivers to bring out their children for immunization remains a major challenge to the race. Oyewale Tomori, a professor of Virology, urged Nigeria not to be the last country on the list of polio burden country. He warned on the need for continuous routine immunization so as to ensure Nigeria does not relapse into a major polio endemic burden. Also the country representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), Wondi Alemu, reassured Nigeria of the global body’s support in the fight to completely eradicate the virus. He said sustained population immunity through routine immunization remained key for polio eradication in the country.

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