FG Reaffirms Commitment To Eradicate Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Mr Linus Awute, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, has reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to tackle vaccine preventable diseases in the country.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba, Director Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, in Abuja on Thursday.

According to the statement, the permanent secretary made the commitment when he received Dr Rui Vaz, Country Representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO), in his office.

The statement quoted the scribe as saying that the recent gains in routine immunisation and polio eradication was an unprecedented feat.

“The ministry was in the process of streamlining the activities of all role players in the public health across the country to align with the National Strategic Health Development Plan (NSHDP),’’ it said.

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It said the ministry was doing everything possible to ensure that there was no room for re-emergence of the wild Polio virus.

“The ministry has concluded the mapping of all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) for the effective distribution of vaccines and commodities.’’

The statement said that the permanent secretary commended the role of WHO which he described as “effective and complementary to the nation’s health system”.

The statement also quoted Dr Rui Vaz as commending President Muhammadu Buhari and governors of states with high risk of Polio in demonstrating great commitment to end the virus in the country.

He affirmed WHO’s commitment to continue to support and work with the ministry in a transparent and accountable manner.

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The statement said Vaz formally presented the WHO Team Leader on Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI), Dr Fiona Braka, to the ministry.

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