MEDICAL experts and stakeholders have blamed the government over low production of vaccines in Nigeria, which will result in difficulty in eradicating the spread of contagious diseases in the country.
This report, spearheaded by the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO), in collaboration with The People’s Vaccine (PVA) and Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), focused on the state of vaccine production, owing to the recent rise in outbreaks of diseases like malaria, diphtheria, cholera, meningitis and measles.
The Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), in a statement, said that public health services across the country continue to suffer from underfunding and weak infrastructure, which further increases inequality, adding that the protection of people’s health must be top priority for governments and institutions at all levels.
“Health is a right that must be protected, as it is a cornerstone for national security and economic growth. Public health services across the country continue to suffer from underfunding and weak infrastructure, which further increases inequality,” said Communications Lead, NNNGOs, Oyindamola Aramide.
Highlighting that only little progress has been made since the vaccine hub was set up by World Health Organisation (WHO) in February 2022, the CSOs stressed on the need to improve timely funding, national research capacities and support innovations that ramp up quick production of lifesaving vaccines.