The Federal Government has been commended for improved and quality data on Immunisation estimates nationwide.
The nationwide data was reported in the recently released 2016 World Health Organisation (WHO) United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Estimates of Nationwide Immunisation Coverage (WUENIC).
Reacting to the report, Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR) and Track Health commended Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, for improved transparency in reporting for the first time an improved and quality data on Immunisation estimates nationwide.
It said: “Although Nigeria was among the few countries reported in the 2016 estimates to have less than 50 percent coverage with DPT3.
“This development also underpins the transparent commitment of the government in reporting accurate data which will tremendously boost effort to improve immunization services nationwide and also help to step-up efforts in the states where coverage was at its lowest level.”
Chair of CHR Board of Trustees, Dr Aminu Magashi Garba, said: “We are committed as civil societies to support 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.”
Co-chair of Track Health, Mrs. Chika Offor, said: “For every $1 invested in Immunisation in Africa, $41 is gained in economic and social benefits.
“This means investing in Immunization in Nigeria to our teeming children is the answer to national sustainable growth and development.”
Deputy Chair House of Representative Committee on Health, Muhammad Usman, said: “We, the legislators, will strengthen our oversight function so that government will improve immunization and revitalize primary health care services within the shortest possible time.