Health Experts Meet To Address Challenges Of Immumnization Coverage In Nigeria
Lack of knowledge, awareness and negative perception about vaccines, Poor health worker attitude and Weak capacity at the state level in demand creation for immunization were some of the challenges that negatively impacts immunization program management in Nigeria.
This are some of the challenges identified at a meeting on Nigeria’s Strategy for Immunisation and Primary Health Care System Strengthening: 2-year Operational Plan Development 2019-2020 in Abuja.
Others are Inadequate data on effectiveness, Availability & quality of data, gapsbetween administrative and survey coverage despite efforts to improve immunization,Lack of integration between logistics and programme data as well as
In a paper presentation,”Overview of the NSIPSS”the Director, Disease Control and Immunisation , NPHCDA, Dorothy Nwodo said other problems confronting immunization coverage in the country also include Inadequate storage capacity across all supply chain levels leading to high frequency of shipment and deliveries.
“The development of the NSIPSS was premised on the need, as a country, to have a robust and ambitious, yet realistic plan to improve and sustain immunisation coverage and maintain quality PHC service delivery, in light of the multiple transitions faced by the country between 2018 and 2028.”
“The planned transition of Nigeria out of Gavi support in 2021 played a significant role in kick-starting the development of the NSIPSS in 2017, which originally started out as a Nigeria Gavi Transition Plan.”she said.
“The NPHCDA has rolled out a number of interventions to quickly boost immunization coverage
Gavi and other transitions require even more strategic approach to increasing equitable coverage and sustainable local financing.”
“In light of persisting weak health systems and recent economic realities, Nigeria applied for an extension of Gavi support until 2028.”she added.
Addressing the meeting the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency,NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib said there was the need to consolidate gains in polio eradication and revitalize Primary Health Care System in Nigeria.
“This retreat marks an important start to a dialogue and hopefully, articulated action especially on how we can jointly improve & sustain immunization coverage and also hold ourselves accountable”
“Nigeria stands to save the lives of additional 1,539,651 children by 2028 by driving immunization rates up to 85% and improving the supply chain, while rebuilding financial credibility and trust.” Dr Shuaib said.
According to him“The decision to have this retreat was borne out of the need for Nigeria to have an accountability framework for the management of the NSIPSS following Gavi board’s approval to extend support to Nigeria”
The 3-day engagement is to identify challenges, current interventions & priorities for Immunization & PHC strengthening for 2 years; to discuss & align plans for successful NSIPSS implementation, reach consensus & commitment towards joint accountability framework.
The themed:of the retreat is “Implementing Nigeria’s Roadmap to improving Immunization & Strengthening PHC Systems”