5. FG releases N9.8bn for Polio; to immunize 56million Children.
At a briefing in Abuja, The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, disclosed that the Federal Government yesterday said it would release N9.8 billion for polio vaccines and other related activities,
even as it unveiled plans to immunize over 56 million children by November 2016 and the N9.8 billion to be released is exclusive of the N6.5 billion approved by the Ministry of Finance when the polio crisis started, also adding that the money would be used to execute the polio response plan developed by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, and its partner. Adewole, however, raised alarm that there was high risk of further spread of the virus due to population movement within and around the states, and the response plans, according to the Minister, include five rounds of polio campaign, three of which will be focused on 16 northern states and two to be conducted nationwide. The minister also said the federal government had approved a revision of the nation’s robust Wild Polio Virus outbreak response plan, with a plan to immunize over 56 million children by November 2016.