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Africa Vaccination: WHO urges govt to ensure regular funding

2 May 2017 National

World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged government at all Levels in Africa to ensure additional commitments with regular funding to increase coverage of vaccinations.

The WHO Regional Director, Dr Matshidiso Moetic made this call Tuesday during the celebration of the 2017 African Vaccination Week in Oyo State.

Moetic who was represented Dr Ada Erinle said regular funding for will increase coverage to levels high enough to interrupt transmission of diseases and introduce new vaccines into the country immunisation system.

“Immunisation saves millions of lives and is widely recognised as one of the world’s most successful and cost effective public health Interventions. Vaccines provides beyond health outcomes and reduces time spend on caring for sick children. These savings accrue to improve education, economic growth and accelerated poverty reduction for families, communities, an nations.

“Immunisations coverage has improved dramatically in Africa. Vaccination for diphtheria, tetanus and peruses containing vaccine (DTP3) have increased from 52 percent in 2000 to 76 percent in 2015. Cases of many vaccines preventable diseases such as measles and meningitis have fallen in many country saving millions of lives” he said

In his welcome address,Acting Executive Secretary, State Primary Health Care Board, Dr Waheed Lanre said the meeting is aimed at improving on the delivery of vaccination in the state.

“We need more stakeholders to improve the vaccination to make Nigeria polio free and other diseases. We need more awareness on the vaccination and sensitize people, religious leaders, head of countries on the importance of vaccination.”

Source: The Nation


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