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FG Assures Global Community on Commitment to PHC Services

The Federal Government has assured the global community of its continued commitment to honour all her obligations and deliver on her responsibility on immunization and Primary Health Care services. The Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Folorunsho Adewale gave the assurance at the closing ceremony of a 2-day Retreat on Nigeria’s Strategy for Immunization and PHC System Strengthening, in Abuja. Professor Adewale said the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to the sustainability of funds and other logistics to ensuring effective immunization services and PHC in general, stressing that the government is doing everything humanly possible to ensure the safety and survival of Nigerian Children.
The Minister contended that as experts, he was looking on to the participants to adopt a holistic approach to integrated health care package at all levels of government in driving efficient Primary Health Care system in the country.
He described the availability of vaccines as a critical element of effective immunization services delivery and he also described immunization as the most cost effective public intervention the world over.
Professor Adewale expressed great delight to the Board Members of Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi) and other Donor Agencies for their support and huge investments in the nation’s immunization services and PHC.  The Minister disclosed that the Federal Government is collaborating with the State and Local Governments on Primary Health Care to entrench ownership and participation.
He emphasized that collation of accurate data and good community surveillance are quality indicators for effective and efficient health care service delivery at all levels.
In his opening Remarks, the Executive Director and Chief Executive of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib commended the inspiring leadership of Mr. President and Honourale Minister of Health for providing an enabling environment for effective implementation of Primary Health Care services.
Dr. Faisal identified PHC as the most crucial strategy frontline health care in providing basic health care services to the people at the community level.
He expressed appreciations to the Global Alliance for Vaccines & Immunization (Gavi) for investing huge resources for the well-being of Nigerians and the World.
Speaking on behalf of Donor Agencies, a member of GAVI Board, Jason Jane applauded the spirit of transparency and accountability being demonstrated by the present administration, saying that Gavi is committed to Nigeria’s immunization and PHC services.
He expressed greater delight at Nigeria government’s commitment to immunization services and PHC, describing immunization as a veritable tool to strengthen PHC in Nigeria.
Also speaking, Dr. Fiona Braka, World Health Organization (WHO) EPI Team Leader, who spoke on behalf of Development Partners, said the Partners were committed to the principles of engagement outlined for GAVI transition period and beyond.
She identified fund as critical to the successful implementation of National Primary Health Care Development Agency’s programmes and activities and urged Government at all levels to increase budgetary allocation to PHC.
She pledged partners’ continued support to ensure the safety and survival of Nigerian Children.

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