The Federal Government has encouraged Nigerians to imbibe the culture of getting immunized as a preventive measure for disease control as this helps to reduce the financial burden incured during treatment of vaccine preventable diseases.

This call was made by the Minister of State for Health, Osagie Ehanire, at a press conference in Abuja on Monday to commemorate the World Health Day which was celebrated April 7. He stated that Nigerians need to start thinking more in terms of disease prevention which includes regular vaccination for vaccine preventable diseases than embarking on the curative measures.

Mr. Ehanire said studies had shown that for every Naira spent on immunization #16 is saved on treatment cost of same disease. To achieve this feat, Mr. Ehanire explained that the federal government has been reviving primary healthcare across the country as healthcare begins with prevention, promotion of health, nutrition before curative health.

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