The World Health Organisation’s, WHO, Country Representative in Nigeria, Walter Mulombo, stated on Friday that Nigeria is in desperate need of vaccines to close the gap of zero-dose children.
This came as he urged for collaboration to strengthen the capacity for local vaccine production, claiming that countries suffered injustice as a result of the Covid-19 vaccinations.
He spoke in Abuja at the handing of a pentavalent vaccine donated by the Indonesian government to Nigeria.
“Nigeria is in desperate need of vaccines to close the gap of zero-dose children, and we believe your contribution will go a long way as Nigeria accelerates to close that gap,” he said. It is important that we demonstrate our support for the South-South collaboration route.
“We have suffered injustice as a result of Covid-19 vaccination.” “We hope that, beyond to this gesture, there will be more collaboration to strengthen our capacity for local vaccine production in our respective countries.”
Dr. Usra Harahap, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, stated that a total of 1,580,000 vaccines were donated to the Federal Government.
He stated that the vaccinations will help to reduce the burden of preventable diseases in Nigeria, especially among populations at risk such as newborn babies and young children.
He said that the vaccine would guard against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B, and Hemophilus influenzae type B.
Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, said the agency is committed to maximising the impact of vaccines by ensuring equitable distribution and accessibility across all sectors of society.
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