By Michael Peter, The Sight News
Abuja: The National Primary Health Care Development Agency, (NPHCDA)says it is adopting an Optimized Routine Immunization Strategy (ORIS) to effectively tackle the outbreak of childhood preventable diseases in the country.
According to the agency, the strategy will ensure better immunization outreach services across the country.
The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Faisal Shuab in his remark at a breakfast meeting with development partners and civil society organizations in Abuja on Friday, disclosed that about 4.3 million Nigerian children still lack access to different vaccines, thus making it the country with the highest number of unimmunized children in the world.
He however stated that as part of Africa’s Vaccination Week, the agency will be storming the 18 poor performing States with its optimised routine immunization sessions in order to begin to close-up the huge gaps that exist in routine immunization.
He also stated that every state of the country will be made to own the Routine Immunization Program.
“We are going to ensure that the States and local governments own the Routine immunization programme and see it as their responsibility to ensure that every child in the communities get the vaccines that they need”.
Speaking on behalf of development partners, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative, Wondimagegnehu Alemu promised that the WHO will work with the Nigerian Government to ensure greater progress in the vaccination of children.
He urged government and families to eliminate barriers to immunization so as to ensure that all Nigerian children get a shot to the life that they deserve.