The European Union EU, has provided an additional three point eight billion naira worth of equipment to support the Nigerian government’s immunization programme and strengthen primary healthcare under its support to immunization governance in Nigeria.
The EU Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, MrKetilKarlsen stated this at the inauguration of some projects and supplies procured under the EU-SIGN project at Gui Primary Health care Center Abuja, venue of the event.
These interventioninclude construction and renovation of cold stores and health facilities as well as supply of four wheel drive vehicles and solar powered refrigerators to improve vaccine cold chair logistics in twenty three states of the federation and FCT.
The EU Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, MrKetilKarlsen said the overall objective of the EU-SIGN project was aimed at reducing sickness and death in children due to vaccine preventable diseases through quality routine immunization and checking the spread of poliomyelitis in the country.
MrKarlsen noted that the EU and Nigeria shared longstanding relationship in the health sector and pledged its sustainability.
Speaking on the importance of the support, the Executive Director of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency,
Dr Faisal Shaib, said the items would rapidly be deployed, to ensure that every child was reached with immunization services.
The Team Leader, EU-SIGN project, Dr Ibrahim Yisa commended the twenty three focal states and the FCT, for their responsiveness and advised them to demonstrate sustainable ownership of the programme for long lasting benefits.
In a remark, the Minister of States for Health,DrSagieEhanire who stood in for the Health Minister, DrIssacAdewole, maintained that the project had taken the nation step forward in its quest to provide essential health and medical services to all Nigerians in accordance with President MohammaduBuhari’s universal healthcare agenda.
Some members of the benefiting communities commended the European Union and the Federal Government for the intervention and promised to protect the facilities to serve the purpose of their establishment.