.Meeting Immunization Fund to Save 7 Million Nigerian Children
As part of efforts to reduce the tragic record of under-five deaths in the country,. Rebecca Ejifoma reports, says The National Immunisation Financing Task Team (NIFT) advocacy committee has called on the Federal Government to ensure Nigeria’s commitment of $181 million immunization funding requirement for 2017 and 2018 is met,
and While Nigeria loses 2,300 children everyday and 839,500 yearly, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the role of vaccine preventable diseases on this high mortality rate has been put on 40 per cent by experts. Although Nigeria termed the giant of Africa, she is the second largest contributor to under-five mortality in the world after India. Hence, several organizations are urging the government to act fast, and It was on the heels of this that the Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR) with support from the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH) in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the International Vaccine Centre (IVAC) held a two-day retreat in Lagos at the weekend, and they said the availability of immunisation fund for eligible children will save the lives of the seven million children born in Nigeria annually.