The Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (Gavi) last week pledged its continued support to Nigeria on routine Immunization, vaccine-preventable diseases and Primary Heath care in general.
In a statement by Saadu Salahu Head, Public Relation Unit, the Managing Director, Country Programmes of Gavi in Geneva, MS Hind Khatib-Othman reportedly gave this assurance during an engagement with the top management of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency recently in Abuja.
The Gavi MD acknowledged pool of experts and great strengths available in the Agency and gave assurance of Gavi’s continued collaboration to make the agency stronger, credible and accountable.
Also speaking, Director, Gavi’s Country support, Mr. Pascal Bijleveld said Gavi was putting behind the difficulty of immediate past to refocus, working together with the agency for brighter future.
In his contribution, Dr. Karan Singh Sagar, Gavi’s Senior Country Manager attributed Gavi’s renewed confidence in continued working relationship with the agency to the clear demonstration of transparency, accountability and good governance being provided by the new Executive Director of the agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib.
He expressed great optimism in Dr. Faisal’s leadership commitment to bring about great, credible and accountable NPHCDA that all Nigerians would soon be proud of.
In a short presentation to the Gavi team, the Executive Director, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib highlighted his four-point agenda to restore stakeholders’ confidence in the agency and to change the Primary health care landscape in Nigeria.
The four -point agenda are: Strengthen Governance and accountability; Closing out on polio; Strengthen routine Immunisation and supply chain and PHC revitalization.
He emphasised the need to reposition the agency for actualization of efficient and effective delivery of its mandate which he has demonstrated by the engagement of two globally acclaimed firms; McKinsey and KPMG
Dr. Faisal assured the Gavi team that necessary structures and mechanism have been put in place to block possible financial loopholes and prevent mismanagement of resources in the agency.