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WHO set to strengthen immunization plan




Bukola Afeni

The director general of World health organisation ,Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,
said the body have released business case to map out strategies to better support countries to strengthen the national immunization plans.
According to the director general ,immunization is an important building block of strong primary health care and universal health coverage.
The director general of WHO made the disclosure during the 71st World health assembly .
He said ‘health workers’ efforts to increase immunization builds the foundation for strong primary health care and is a route to universal health coverage.”*
The Nigerian Government has reiterated her commitment to mobilize internal resources for health financing to ensure smooth transition without funding gaps, particularly immunization as Nigeria exits from the international financial .
Hon Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, stated that the government of Nigeria is working with state governments to explore funding options tailored to the need of the various population and the ability to augment budgetary allocations.
He said the federal government of Nigeria is willing to invest in the health sector .
“Nigeria has resolved to make Nigeria’s health sector an investment destination and encourage Public Private Partnership, improving strategic planning and budgeting, transparency and accountability, budget execution and performance, with focus on efficiency and results”
Speaking further the minister of state noted that Nigeria is improving its mechanism to handle emergencies outbreak of diseases .
“We have witnessed periodic disease outbreak, the latest being Lassa fever. We are continuously improving our response system to handle emergencies and challenges of public health concern and work with relevant agencies to meet global standards of preparedness with regard to prevention, detection and control of epidemics’
He stressed the fact that the World health organisation has been strategic in the response to the reemergence of hemorrhagic fever in the Democratic republic of Congo .
In addition ,the minister said as the country approach polio eradication certification status, it will improve on its surveillance mechanism to prevent disease importation into the country .
“We shall build on this legacy, invest in surveillance mechanisms and curb disease importation.
While speaking ,MRS Toyin Saraki, Special Advisor to the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) to the World Health Organization regional office for Africa (WHO ),noted that
vaccination is an important weapon against the outbreak of Ebola in the DRC and agreed that the WHO business case reflected a commitment to accountable and successful WHO immunization plan .

According to Mrs Saraki ,Vaccination in some African countries, should be regarded as a national priority, as it protects not just an individual, but a whole community.
“An increase of vaccine coverage in low- and middle-income countries by 2030 would prevent 24 million people from falling into poverty due to health expenses”
“Achieving the WHO’s 2030 immunization ambition will save more than 1.9 million lives over the next decade and generate $58 million of economic benefits. I commend the WHO for presenting an overwhelming business and moral case for immunization.”
In addition,MRS Saraki reiterate the need to strengthen civil society ,so as to mobilize domestic resources .
“The country could be in danger of falling through the gap of the transition ,it tells us that we must strengthen civil society and the private sector to mobilize domestic resources”



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