Nigeria releases National Immunization Coverage Survey Indicator

Gloria Essien, Abuja

The 2016 National Immunisation Coverage Survey indicators has been released to the Nigerian public.

The survey shows that only one in three Nigerian children receive the mandatory three doses of pentavalent vaccine.

The 2016 National Immunization Coverage Survey also shows that 40% of Nigerian children do not receive any vaccines from the health system.

And that 31% received the first dose of pentavalent vaccine but did not get three doses.

While presenting the results at a meeting with stakeholders in Abuja, the Executive Secretary of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, said that the result would spur the agency to do more in the area of routine immunization.

He said that Nigeria falls short of the 90% Global Vaccine Action Plan but is making moves to improve on what is on ground.

Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said that the survey would guide future immunization exercise in the country.

While giving the objectives of the meeting, the Ag. Director Research, Planning and Statistics, Dr. Abdullahi Garba, said that the meeting aimed to seek cooperation to improve the level of the survey.

He said that the meeting also aims to remind the stakeholders of the need to strengthen governance structure on immunization in the country.

“Being the owner of primary healthcare, providing structures as well as providing materials, we believe you are the custodian. Therefore, you deserve to be the first to be informed of the outcome of the 2016 Immunization Coverage Survey findings,” he told the stakeholders.

Stakeholders at the public presentation of the National Immunization Survey, said that making the result public was commendable.

The representative of the World Health Organizations, Mrs. Rachel Seruyange, said that Nigeria was making efforts to eradicate the wild Polio virus.

In an interview with Voice of Nigeria’s Correspondent, Dr. Yusuf Yusufari of the Bill and Mellinda Gates Foundation, said that though the result runs short of expectations, it could be better.

In the survey, some states did better in immunization coverage than others. He attributed this to efforts by the state governments.

The Director Delta state Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Yinkore Paul, said that the state hopes to attain the 90% target soon.

According to the 2016 survey, 31% of Nigerian children received first dose of vaccine, 40% did not receive at all while one out of three received the recommended three pentavalent vaccine doses.