Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Cholera: Nigeria Gets Approval For Over 3.5m Oral Vaccine Doses

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A health worker administering vaccine to children.

As it continues to battle the seasonal cholera outbreak, Nigeria has gotten the approval of the International Coordinating Group (ICG) for 3,566,628 doses of the oral cholera vaccines.

Addressing journalists during a media parley yesterday in Abuja, the executive director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said government had mapped out three states with the highest cases for deployment, adding more states would be accommodated as the vaccines become available.

“It is worthy of note that Nigeria has gotten the International Coordinating Group (ICG) approval for 3,566,628 doses of the oral Cholera vaccines. Based on the shortage of this vaccine globally, we are pleased that we have been able to secure some doses and we have strategically mapped out and identified areas for deployment in the three states with the highest number of cases as a reactive campaign.

“The country is not relenting in its fight against cholera outbreak working side by side with the NCDC. We will continue to apply for more doses of the cholera vaccine. We believe that as these vaccines become readily available, Nigeria would get more doses,” he said.

The country is currently experiencing cholera outbreak in several parts with reported cases of fatalities. There are suspected cases in 24 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

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