The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to eradicate vaccine preventable diseases in order to strengthen its gains in routine immunization and its unprecedented feat in polio immunization in Nigeria.
In a press statement sent to Nigerian Pilot Sunday through Director Press and Public Relations the Permanent Secretary, Ayo Adesugba, of the Ministry of Health, Mr. Awute stated this when the World Health Organisation ,WHO, Country Representative, Dr. Rui Gama Vaz, formally presented the new WHO Team Leader on Expanded Programme on Immunisation, EPI, Dr. Fiona Braka, to him in his office in Abuja.
Awute said that to consolidate further the gains of Nigeria’s achievements; 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.
He further noted that in spite of insurgency in the North East the Ministry has concluded the mapping of all Internally Displaced Persons, IDPS, for the effective distribution of vaccines and commodities to them. This is to ensure that no room is left for the reemergence of the wild poliovirus, he affirmed.
Mr. Awute further commended the personal role of Dr. Gama Vas and the WHO which he described as, “Effective and complementary to the nation’s health system.”
Speaking earlier, the WHO Country Representative, Dr. Gama Vaz, recalled the meeting of the High Advocacy Team, led by the Permanent Secretary, with President Muhammadu Buhari and Governors of Polio High Risk States at the State House recently.
Vas commended the governors’ commitment and knowledge of the status of polio in their states adding that WHO would continue to support and work with the Ministry of Health in a very, “Transparent and accountable manner.”
In her remarks, the new WHO Country Leader on the expanded programme on Immunisation, Dr. Braka, congratulated Nigeria for the progress and achievement in polio immunisation and pledged to build on the success of her predecessor.

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