The Federal Government has spent N6 billion on the procurement of vaccines this year, the Executive Director, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Ado Muhammad, has said.
``It is totally not true that we are facing vaccine stock-out for our routine immunisation, disease prevention and control in the country. In fact we have in stock more than we require for our needs,’’ he said.
The director who was in Gusau for the inauguration of the National Polio Free Torch campaign, said that the report of any shortfall or out--of-stock vaccine was an unverified statement.
``Only last week, we released four million doses of polio, diphtheria, BCG and other vaccines for routine immunisation to our zonal offices for onward distribution to the states for the third quarter of the immunisation exercise,’’ he said.
Muhammad said that the Federal Government had also borne the responsibility of evacuating the consignments of each state to the state headquarters in order to speed up delivery of the vaccines to healthcare facilities.
``We are aware that some states have been showing lack of concern in evacuating their vaccines from our zonal offices even though it is their constitutional responsibility. This has made the Federal Government to bear the responsibility of delivering the vaccines to the doorstep of the states,’’ he said.
He said the Federal Government was determined to ensure that every Nigerian child was immunised in order to realise its target of eradicating polio transmission by the end of this year, so as to completely rid the country of the disease by 2013.
Muhammad said that Nigeria and Niger Republic had established a task force for polio eradication, and had agreed that every child crossing each other’s border must be immunised to check cross-border transmission.
To facilitate the implementation of the agreement, security operatives on the border lines have adequately briefed briefed to ensure compliance with the strategy, he said. NAN