The Executive Director, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, on Friday said that 80 per cent of coverage in routine immunization by Nigeria was highly commendable in eradicating polio.
Osotimehin said this during his courtesy visit to Dr. Ado Muhammed, Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).
He said the initiative had brought down child mortality rate in the country adding that the success stories needed to be reported, especially to the international community.
“When I met with the executive director before I came here, he actually informed me that you now have routine immunization running at more than 80 per cent. “That is really excellent, because that is what will drive down child mortality. “He also informed me that polio is also within reach of total extinction.
“I think these are stories that should be told, because when you go out people still talk of Nigeria being the purview of polio to the rest of the world, but actually that is not true.’’
He also commended government’s human resource for health initiative, which introduced the Midwife Service Scheme (MSS). He said the MMS, which started in his tenure as a minister of health, had expanded. He said it had also provided a means of reaching out to other health workers to carry out basic health needs in the hospitals.