The Nigerian government has decided to scale up immunization in the country by spending $3 billion.
The programme will be implemented through ‘Nigeria’s Strategy on Immunization and PHC Systems Strengthening (NSIPSS)’.
According to report, the total number of Nigerians suffering from acute hepatitis infection since 2018 was 20 million.
A survey conducted in 2018 by National AIDS Indicator and Impact showed a prevalence of 8.1 percent for Hepatitis B (HBV) and 1.1 percent for Hepatitis C (HCV).
The Nigeria Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, who gave the statistics at this year’s World Health Organization (WHO) virtual high-level commemoration of World Hepatitis Day and launch of the guidelines for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of Hepatitis-B, said that the federal government is working in alignment with the regional resolution to reduce chronic Hepatitis B virus infection to less than 2 per cent in children under five years by the end of this year.
The major problem of so called Hepatitis B birth dose vaccination was the inadequate domestic contribution to finance vaccines and expand access to service .
Important progress has been made as Nigeria committed to a $3 billion Nigeria Strategy on Immunization and PHC Systems Strengthening (NSIPSS).” said by Ehanire
He explained that the plan is for the transitioning to financial ownership of the immunization and primary health care system over a 10-year period, from 2018-2028.
He also said that Nigeria is endemic for both viral hepatitis B and C.
Nigeria is one of the African countries to introduce a birth dose of HBV vaccine in 2004, according to report
“An important next step is establishing a routine surveillance system to improve on our reporting on the Global Hepatitis Surveillance Systems (GHSS) platform.
“And we hope to continue to increase coverage as we work towards elimination of Hepatitis in the country.
“We have also worked on strengthening routine immunization through the establishment of a National Emergency Routine Immunization Coordination Centre (NERICC) in 2017 and there have been several gains through the creation of this platform.