FG tasks civil servants on immunization
The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has called on civil servants to be advocates of immunization and monitor the activities of Primary Healthcare Centres, PHCs, in their various localities.
The minister made the call in Abuja while speaking at a sensitization workshop on immunization organized by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA, and Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
The event was part of the activities to mark 2018 African Vaccine Week with Theme: Vaccines Work; Be An Immunization Champion.
Adewole said that despite the fact that Federal Government has been doing its best to ensure that all Nigerian children are immunized, security challenges as well as socio- cultural beliefs hinder full administration of immunization, consequently, only one out of four children received full dosage of the package.
He said immunization concept works, and saves money. “It is one of the cost effective interventions you can never find, when you spend a $1 dollar the direct benefit is $16 dollars”
Speaking on PHCs, the minister explained that the FG has embarked on revitalizing all centers across the country with the aim of having at least one functional PHC per ward.
Adewole called on the Civil Servants to team up and adopt PHCs in their communities and make it functional.
Speaking earlier, the Executive Director, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaibu, said the essence of the workshop was to engage civil servants on the importance of immunization and PHCs in their communities.
In her good will message, the WHO representative, Dr. Fiona Braka, said that one out of ten children die before their fifth birth day due to poor immunization coverage.
She called on civil servants and other stakeholders to support immunization exercise in Nigeria.