The executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Mohammed Ado, has revealed that the country intends to freely distribute pneumococcal conjugate vaccine health facilities by December 15, 2014.
A disclosure was made yesterday in Abuja during the commemoration of World Pneumonia Day “Universal Access for Pneumonia and Care” that Nigeria needs about N56 Billion for the purchase of vaccines between now and 2018 if it is to save additional lives by 2020.
Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, advised that vaccine coverage must be given the desired attention. He said that there was the need to make appropriate budgetary provision for vaccines, and pledged to work with health authorities to ensure vaccine security, funding and sustenance.
“We will be a key player knowing that we have a key role to play in national budget,” he said, adding that once the country is able to eradicate polio, funds for polio could be used to fund the vaccine programme.”