By Hassan Zaggi
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has been advised to, as a matter of urgency, release $245,000 as counterpart funding Global Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) for the procurement of vaccine.
The amount is to part of the money to be paid by the federal government to enable access the one billion dollars approved by Gavi Board to continue support for immunization in Nigeria and
extend the transition period from 2021 to 2028.
A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) Expanded Civil Society Initiative on Immunization (ECSII), made the call in a statement in Abuja, yesterday, calling on the federal government to act urgently to save the situation as the dateline is June 14.
The investment of 1 billion dollars in GAVI support under this agreement, the NGO said, will unlock an additional $2 billion from the Government of Nigeria. This money will be used to procure vaccines and strengthen the immunization and primary health care system over the next ten years. Nigeria stands to save more than one million lives if this strategic plan is implemented
According to the NGO, the federal government should ensure that, “ GAVI receives by June 14, 2018, the amount of $245,000, being the balance of the full repayment due to GAVI and also ensure that an accountability framework is developed (with the active participation of ECSII/civil society) and deployed to ensure that the programmatic and fiscal commitments made by all parties are kept.”
The group therefore vowed to commit itself to the diligent monitoring of the government and partners’ commitments in this regard.
“We are optimistic that the NPHCDA, with the support and
leadership of the Minister of Health, can deliver on its mandate.
“We look forward to working together on the long road ahead to ensure that this investment bears fruit for the health and wellbeing of all Nigerian citizens, and especially the most vulnerable ones amongst us – the children.”