Nigeria Has Highest Number of Under-immunised Children Globally''- Where is NHIS and coverage for basic health needs? - Health Resource International West Africa (HRI)

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Nigeria Has Highest Number of Under-immunised Children Globally''- Where is NHIS and coverage for basic health needs?

Chief Executive Officer of GAVI, Dr. Seth Berkley

Dear All,
As the Public Hearing into the failing NHIS is on-going in Abuja this week, we share the sad news that really puts the issues before the Public Hearing into perspective: India has population of over 1 Billion people but Nigeria with estimated population of 180 million
has over taken India as the country with the highest number of un-immunised children in the whole world!.
How can it be that with the huge amount of money paid to the HMOs which should have gone into direct healthcare, the coverage is only 3% (NHIS data). We hope that the House of Reps would have the Political Will and Courage to recommend a total transformation of the Health Insurance arrangement and implementation for the benefit of all Nigerians. If the country does not get the health funding and its rational application right, there cannot be hope of strengthening the system to deliver basic promotive, preventive measures like immunization not to talk of curative and rehabilitative health. We cannot depend on bodies like GAVI to immunize our children in Nigeria. 
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GAVI: Nigeria Has Highest Number of Under-immunised Children Globally
June 21, 2017



  ‘------ The Chief Executive Officer of GAVI, Dr. Seth Berkley, who disclosed Nigeria’s status Tuesday, said India previously maintained the unenviable position of having the highest number under-immunised children three years ago.
He spoke during a meeting with the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, in Abuja
“India, over the last three years, improved its coverage dramatically and now Nigeria has that unenviable position,” he said, and pledged GAVI’s assistance to work with Nigeria to turn things around. -----‘
Nigeria has the highest number of under-immunised children in the world, displacing India with over one billion population which hitherto occupied the rather uninspiring spot, according to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (GAVI).
GAVI is chaired by the former Coordinating Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
The Chief Executive Officer of GAVI, Dr. Seth Berkley, who disclosed Nigeria’s status Tuesday, said India previously maintained the unenviable position of having the highest number under-immunised children three years ago.
He spoke during a meeting with the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, in Abuja
“India, over the last three years, improved its coverage dramatically and now Nigeria has that unenviable position,” he said, and pledged GAVI’s assistance to work with Nigeria to turn things around.
The meeting which also had in attendance the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, and Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Finance , Dr. Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, essentially centred around ways to improve immunisation access to Nigeria children.
The GAVI boss estimated routine immunisation coverage rate in Nigeria to be around 50 per cent, describing it as unflattering.
“This means that if we don’t improve on that, it’s going to be 700,000 Nigerian children that are going to die if we don’t improve in next five years. This can be prevented by simple immunisation.
“We would like to fix it and move forward in a way that is sustainable. This is a critical way to continue to avoid polio and polio programme is done through campaign. Hopefully, polio will be completely eliminated here in Nigeria but there has to be a sustained coverage to make sure it doesn’t come back. To do that is to have high routine immunisation. So in this meeting we would be discussing yellow fever, missiles, meningitis and strong relationship will be cultivated.
“You have five years transition out of GAVI support. It is very important to see a strong commitment. The board of GAVI understands the challenge that exists in Nigeria because of low coverage rate and is willing to consider some slight changes in policy for Nigeria. But that is going to be dependent on having a plan in place; a finance that is sustainable and good working relationship.
“Nigeria has had high coverage in the past and this is something that is doable, and I hope this becomes a priority, and it becomes a priority, we will celebrate together. You may not be able to have health facility in every local government area but you can immunise your people, I have no doubt about that,” Seith said.
Seth, who recalled that his organisation and Nigeria had enjoyed cordial working relationship in the past , said a break occurred midway in the relationship.
“We have a very long and important partnership with Nigeria. It’s being characterised with more than $1billion commitment but also, there is a working relationship. There was actually a break over the last few years in the relationship but we are now in the process of trying to repair. It’s important to do that because vaccine is critical.
“For every dollar that is spent on vaccine, we get benefit of $44 in return compare to infrastructure projects where we see one to three , or one to four return. In terms of investment in health, this is single largest component one can do
“Unfortunately, Nigeria is not performing at the level of its peers. It’s disappointing knowing the incredible, the science that exists here . The coverage rate in Nigeria is estimated around 50 per cent for routine immunisation. This means, if we don’t improve on that, it’s going to be 700,000 Nigerian children that are going to die if we don’t improve in next five years. This can be prevented by simple immunisation,” he stressed.
Earlier in his remarks, Adewole recalled the assistance the country had benefited from the global agency
“GAVI has done so much, for this country and at the last count we have crossed $1 billion support with respect to GAVI support over the years. It’s quite huge. The support from GAVI has actually taken bulk of load off Nigeria.
“Many of us do not even know how these vaccines get to our children but then while doing this, GAVI does not only support vaccines supply, it supports health systems strengthening because for us to deploy vaccines it can only be done properly within the context of health system and the support from GAVI is so crucial,” the minister said.
Identifying funding as the biggest challenge, the minister expressed the hope that the 2017 budget recently signed into law will address the challenge.
Commenting. Udoma conveyed government,’s appreciation for GAVI’s support in the area of immunisation. ’’

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