WAVA weekly immunization  news round-up

Northern Nigeria records low immunization coverage

February 12, 2018

The latest Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey report MICS 2016-17, organized by UNICEF has shown that northern Nigeria is faced with immunization coverage challenges. UNICEF monitoring and evaluation specialist, Mrs Maureen Zubie-Okolo, ascribed the low immunization rates in the northern part of the country to lack of proper awareness and good education. She then urged religious and traditional leaders to mobilize mothers within their communities to support immunization by availing their children life-saving vaccines. Click to read more


Nigeria may attain polio-free status by 2019

February 11, 2018

The Country Director of WHO, Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu has expressed optimism that a polio-free certification could be granted Nigeria by 2019 if no Wild Polio virus is detected in any area of the country within the period. He noted this during a visit to the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Moses Ekpo in Uyo, as part of the technical support the State was receiving from WHO. Dr. Alemu commended the State government for their efforts so far and requested they give assent to the bill seeking for the establishment of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) in the State to further strengthen their support. Click to read more


Kogi State targets over 600,000 children for measles vaccination campaign

February 14, 2018

Dr. Muhammad Salihu, WHO National Measles Consultant has announced that 654, 804 children aged between nine months and five years will be immunised during the measles vaccination campaign in Kogi State scheduled for 1st – 13th March, 2018. The State Health Educator, Acheku Yusuf, urged journalists to join hands with the government to make the exercise a success while urging parents to bring their children to receive the vaccine.  Details available here.




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United Nations commend Nigeria on progress towards implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

February 8, 2018

United Nations deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed has commended the progress recorded so far by Nigeria in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She made this commendation during the Commission on Social Development side event which held at UN Headquarters, New York, entitled: “Poverty eradication: from policy to local action”. She also commended the efforts of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation towards stimulating inspiring partnerships between the Ministers, immunisation and health experts in Nigerian States and private sector companies to strengthen vaccine cold chain infrastructure in Nigeria. Click to read more


Center for Social Justice calls for increased allocation to health in 2018 budget

February 7, 2018

The Center for Social Justice (CSJ) has requested for an increase in the health budget as it falls short of the 15% recommendation of the Abuja declaration and accounts for only 3.95 percent of the total 2018 proposed budget. In a policy brief on “Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) proposals in the 2018 Federal Budget” presented by Barrister Eze Onyekpere, CSJ lead director also requested implementation of the 1% Consolidated Revenue Funds (CRF) for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCF) and for full provision of other necessary funds to bridge the immunization funding gap currently facing the country. Click to read more


Plateau State flags off measles vaccination campaign

February 7, 2018

The wife of the Plateau State Governor, Regina Lalong decried the high number of unimmunized children in the country and has encouraged all caregivers to support the measles vaccination campaign presenting their children to receive measles vaccine. She made this call during the measles vaccination campaign ceremony in the State. Also speaking at the event, Executive Secretary of Primary Healthcare Board, Plateau State, Dr. Miapkwap Livinus, assured parents of the safety of the vaccines and that any school found hindering access to the vaccine would be sanctioned. Details available here.


Bill Gates Foundation seeks military support to eradicate polio in Northeast Nigeria

January 30, 2018

The Bill and Melinda gates foundation has appealed to the Nigerian army to assist in its campaign to end polio in north east Nigeria. This appeal was deemed necessary as poliovirus is still prevalent in some parts of Borno State beset by Boko Haram insurgency. While lauding the foundation for their health interventions despite security challenges in the region, Brigadier General John Ochai, has assured the foundation of the army’s support to cover affected villages and immunize the children against polio. Click to read more





Gavi appoints Awele Elumelu champion for immunization in Africa

January 29, 2018

Gavi announced the appointment of Dr. Awele Elumelu as Champion for Immunization in Africa at the just concluded World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.  Dr. Elumelu, a general physician and trustee of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, is expected to lend her voice and network to raise awareness about the importance of immunization in Africa. This is to ensure that more children have access to immunization and life changing interventions. Dr. Seth Berkley, Gavi CEO said “we are looking forward to working closely with Dr. Elumelu to help make immunization a priority for Africa’s public and private sector leaders”. Click to read more



Kano State appropriates 13% of 2018 State budget to health

January 31, 2018

Kano state Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has made known his State has appropriated N9.7 billion, representing 13 percent of its 2018 budget to the health sub-sector for infrastructural development, promotion of preventive healthcare, and curative intervention towards improving the quality healthcare services in the State. Alhaji Aliko Dangote, chairman, Dangote Foundation, commended the state government on its progress and continued commitment to fully funding its routine immunization program. Details available here.





NPHCDA hosts Nigeria Gavi transition planning retreat 

January 25, 2018

National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) is expected to reach “common alignment and understanding” between the Government of Nigeria, donors and development partners on the transition out of Gavi funding. During a 2 day retreat hosted by the agency,  Dr Faisal Shuaib, NPHCDA Executive Director stated the retreat will also consider “how to navigate the roadmap that has been outlined,” to ensure Nigeria is ready to fund its vaccines following  Gavi’s exit. Click to read more



Nigeria commence its biggest yellow fever campaign ever

January 24, 2018

The Government of Nigeria will launch a mass vaccination campaign to prevent the spread of yellow fever on Thursday (January 25) with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners. More than 25 million people will be vaccinated throughout 2018, in the largest yellow fever vaccination drive in the country’s history. Click to read more




UNAPSA calls for increased immunization funding

 January 23, 2018

The Union of National African Paediatric Societies and Associations (UNAPSA) on Tuesday called for adequate funding of immunisation programme in the country. Dr Dorothy Esangbedo, the President of the association, described the immunisation rate in Nigeria as an embarrassment due to poor funding. She further described immunisation as a cost effective and lifesaving intervention, however noting that it was underutilised in the African continent especially in Nigeria. Dr Ngozi Ibeziako, President, Paediatric Association of Nigeria (PAN), reiterated that immunisation brings more returns to a nation’s economy. Details available here.



Immunisation takes place In all parts of Borno after many years of insurgency

January 23, 2018

For the first time in many years, child immunisation is taking place in all the local government areas of Borno. Dr Haruna Mshelia, state Commissioner for Health told NAN on Tuesday that the government was delighted to conduct polio immunisation in all the 27 LGAs of the state. Read more here




Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation agree to pay off Nigeria’s $76 million polio debt

January 17, 2018

BMGF plans support polio eradication efforts in Nigeria by paying off the country’s $76 million polio eradication funding debt to Japan. Jay Wenger who leads the BMGF’s polio eradication effort regards this funding support part of the foundation’s investment towards polio eradication. Bill Gates added that eradicating polio will globally improve child health and lead to better immunization systems for other diseases. Click to read more





Wife of Niger State Governor decries low immunization coverage, appeals to mothers and other stakeholders to support immunization

January 17, 2018

Dr Amina Bello, wife of Niger State Governor has described as appalling, the 19% immunization coverage in the State. She made this known while receiving delegation from the Women Advocates for Vaccine Access coalition in a programme titled ‘Celebrating Women of Influence’. Dr. Bello appealed to all mothers and relevant stakeholders to support immunization to minimize the prevalence of vaccine preventable diseases. Dr. Chizoba Wonodi, the WAVA convener and Mrs. Chika Offor, the chief oversight officer of Vaccine Network commended the women of influence for their role in mobilizing women and traditional leaders towards improving immunization coverage. Click to read more



FCT Primary Health Care Development Board mobilizes private schools ahead of polio immunization

January 17, 2018

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Primary Health Care Development Board has mobilized proprietors of private schools to boost coverage and ensure acceptability of Oral Polio Vaccines (OPVs) ahead of polio immunization scheduled to hold from January 20th-23rd, 2017. The Acting Executive Secretary of the board, Dr Mathew Ashikeni, also appealed to area councils in FCT to release their counterpart funding ahead of the planned polio immunization. Details available here.



Assessment of Nigeria’s health systems investments and commitments towards attainment of sustainable immunization goals

January 9, 2018

Dr Fiona Braka, the WHO Nigeria Team Leader for Expanded Programme on Immunisation, discussed Nigeria’s progress towards attaining the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) and the Africa Regional Strategic Plan for Immunization (RSPI) target.  She mentioned that while the Nigerian government is already taking substantial initiatives to implement programmes for attaining UHC, build technical capacity, ensure consistent financial commitment for procurement of traditional vaccines, and to increase immunization coverage, government at all levels need to intensify measures to monitor the implementation of laudable policies and immunization goals. Click to read more


Nigeria confirms nine deaths from yellow fever outbreak

January 11, 2018

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed nine deaths in 12 local government areas across Kwara, Kano, Niger, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Kogi and Zamfara States from the ongoing yellow fever outbreak. The status was confirmed released for the first epidemiological week in 2018. To curb the spread of the disease the federal government embarked on reactive vaccination campaign in December last year.  Yellow fever is a disease preventable by a vaccine administered to children at 9 months of age. Click to read more



Jigawa targets over one million children for Polio immunization

January 11, 2018

Jigawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (JSPHCDA) has disclosed its plan to immunize over one million children against polio in the first round of 2018 immunization campaign across the state scheduled to commence on 20th January. Dr Kabiru Ibrahim, the executive secretary of the agency urged parents to present their children for the immunization at designated centres in their respective communities. Details available here.

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