The Federal Ministry of Health says immunisation services availability is a key component of the revitalisation of Primary Health Care delivery in the country.
The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Abdulaziz Abdulaziz said this at the official launch of the Cold Chain Equipment, CCE at Aleyita Primary Health Care, PHC in Abuja.
The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, GAVI, in collaboration with the Federal Government, procured about 13 thousand units of Cold Chain Equipment, to support the country’s immunisation programme.
Abdulaziz said the importance of immunisation could not be over-emphasised, as it had been estimated to avert between two to three million deaths each year. He noted that it was also a veritable entry point to utilisation of other primary health-care services.
Earlier, the Executive Director, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA Faisal Shu’aib thanked GAVI for its over one billion dollars support to Nigeria since 2001, especially through the provision of vaccines to millions of people across the country.
Chief Executive Officer of GAVI, Seth Berkley, said that CCE had been designed to support countries with rehabilitating, expanding and extending the cold-chain by selecting, procuring, and deploying the optimised products presented in the Guide.