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Routine Immunisation: CHR tasks media to hold government accountable

by Muhammad Sani

Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR), has called on theNigerian media to hold country’s policy makers accountable, for any commitment made during the forthcoming ministerial summit on immunization in Ethiopia.

African Ministers of Finance and Health and other relevant sectors would convene at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia between February 24 and 25, for the first-ever Ministerial Conference on Immunisation in Africa

CHR Program Officer, Ndidi Chukwu in a pre-conference press briefing organised by leading Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) spearheading improved routine Immunisation activities in Nigeria, encouraged the media to watch out for commitments to be made by the Nigerian contingents at the conference and hold them accountable for the success of immunisation activities in Nigeria.

Mss Chukwu urged the media to ask pertinent questions to the Nigerian government regarding its readiness to fully fund routine immunization after transition from Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative (GAVI) support.

Country Lead, International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), Dr Chizoba Wonodi, said the ministerial conference will assemble over 500 political leaders, technical experts and advocates from across the Africa and globally to ensure that people across Africa get access to life-saving vaccines.

She maintained that the CSOs in Nigeria will continue to ensure that immunisation issues and challenges in Nigeria are adequately captured, highlighted and deliberated on.

Our correspondent reports that IVAC, CHR, PACFaH, WAVA, Save the Children, HERFON, and GAVI are among the CSOs that participated at the press conference.

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