DRPC organises dialogue on routine immunisation

File photo of a female health official tries to drop a polio vaccine into the mouth of a child at Kaiama town, 16 May 2005 in Bayelsa State.
File photo of a female health official tries to drop a polio vaccine into the mouth of a child at Kaiama town, 16 May 2005 in Bayelsa State. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

The development Research and Projects Center (dRPC) is organising a “one day high level strategic dialogue” on advocacy and accountability on routine immunisation in Nigeria.

The dialogue is being organised in conjunction with the National Association of Community Health Practitioners of Nigeria (NACHPN).

The event which will be held in Abuja on Thursday will have in attendance the Executive Secretary, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib; Senior Technical Advisor, dRPC-PACFaH@Scale, Emmanuel Abanida; community health workers and other development partners working on routine immunisation in the health sector.

The aim of the dialogue is to strengthen the accountability framework for routine immunisation service delivery at national and state levels.

A statement signed by the Communications Specialist of the project, Hassan Karofi, revealed that the high level meeting is an important initiative being support by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.

Mr Karofi said this is part of the continuous efforts towards attaining the objectives of Nigeria’s Strategy for Immunisation and Primary Health care system strengthening, (NSIPSS) 2018 – 2028.

According to the him, the National Association of Community Health Practitioners of Nigeria, is taking the lead in from states like Kano, Kaduna, Niger and Lagos states.

He said the reason behind the dialogue is to explore the mechanisms for civil society engagement; to examine and create an understanding of the new roles and expectations for states under the NSIPSS project.

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Ayodamola Owoseye is a senior reporter covering the health beat for PREMIUM TIMES.  She is a graduate of the University of Ibadan, and holds a B.A in Anthropology and M.Sc in Information Science.

Ayodamola advocates gender equity and loves travelling and listening to old skool music. Twitter: @damolaowoseye


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