CSOs hail FG over im­mu­niza­tion data

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ojoma Akor

Civil So­ci­ety Or­gan­i­sa­tions un­der a na­tional ac­count­abil­ity coali­tion have com­mended the Fed­eral Min­istry of Health for im­proved trans­parency in re­port­ing na­tion­wide im­mu­niza­tion es­ti­mates.

The civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions, Com­mu­nity Health and Re­search Ini­tia­tive (CHR) and Track Health, in a state­ment yes­ter­day said it was the first time such qual­ity im­mu­niza­tion data was recorded in the coun­try and called for im­proved cov­er­age.

The na­tion­wide data was re­ported in the 2016 WHO/ UNICEF es­ti­mates of na­tional im­mu­niza­tion cov­er­age ( WUENIC).

They said though Nige­ria was among the few coun­tries re­ported in the 2016 es­ti­mates to have a less than 50% cov­er­age, the move will boost ef­fort to im­prove im­mu­niza­tion ser­vices na­tion­wide, and also help to step-up ef­forts in the states where cov­er­age was at its low­est level.

The CSOs said “Ac­cu­rate data could com­pletely change how we de­liver vac­cines. More de­tailed data can help iden­tify pat­terns and give us new in­sights into why these gaps per­sist, open­ing the door to new so­lu­tions.”

Dr Aminu Ma­gashi Garba, Chair of CHR Board of Trus­tees said: “We are com­mit­ted as civil so­ci­eties to sup­port Nige­rian gov­ern­ment at fed­eral and sub-na­tional lev­els through strate­gic ad­vo­cacy to po­lit­i­cal ac­tors and pol­icy mak­ers to max­i­mize the gains of hav­ing cor­rect and trans­par­ent data to fi­nance im­mu­niza­tion, us­ing gov­ern­ment bud­gets and pro­mote timely re­leases of fi­nances lead­ing to the change we all hope to see.”

Mrs Chika Of­for Co-chair of Track Health said for ev­ery $1 in­vested in im­mu­niza­tion in Africa, $41 is gained in eco­nomic and so­cial ben­e­fits, adding “This means in­vest­ing in im­mu­niza­tion in Nige­ria to our teem­ing chil­dren is the an­swer to na­tional sus­tain­able growth and de­vel­op­ment. I en­cour­age a con­certed ef­fort at na­tional and sub-na­tional lev­els to uti­lize this im­proved qual­ity data and step-up cam­paigns to en­sure no child is left be­hind”

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