Lara Adejoro, Abuja
The Federal Government has commenced the construction of vaccine hubs in Abuja, Lagos, and Kano states for the storage of vaccines in the country.
The FG said the hubs will help to expand vaccine storage capacity at the national level in Nigeria.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Abuja hub on Thursday, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said Nigeria needs sufficient storage space for vaccines and injection materials for efficient implementation of immunisation programmes.
He said “The supply chain challenges highlighted by the COVID-19 vaccination effort also underline the need for a massive expansion of storage space, which will confer a measure of resilience in the system.
“In recognition of the need for resilience in the system, the country, following detailed analysis decided on a system redesign which includes the construction of three mega stores at the national level, deployment of optimised cold chain equipment at the health facilities, an efficient distribution system and the deployment of an electronic logistics management information system to provide visibility across the supply chain.
“This ground-breaking ceremony is a significant milestone of the system redesign journey. GAVI’s support in funding the construction of two of the three mega stores – Abuja and Kano hubs, is therefore much appreciated.”
Speaking also, the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib said, work has commenced on the construction of the Lagos Hub with the World Bank supporting the oversight of the process.
He noted that funding for the Abuja and Kano hubs was provided by the Gavi Alliance within the country’s Health System strengthening support.
While acknowledging the technical support of the UNICEF supply division in reviewing the designs of the hubs and provision of procurement services support, Dr. Shuaib said, “The procurement processes for the engagement of competent vendors for the Kano hub project have commenced, and we expect to break ground on that project too in a short while.
“Meanwhile, the deployment of the Electronic Logistics Management Information Systems is ongoing as expected. The country’s supply chain system redesign is progressing satisfactorily, again with strong political support from the highest level of government and the untiring support of our implementing and donor partners. All support, technical and funding are highly appreciated.”
Recall that the Federal Government expressed excitement at the return of Gavi funding for healthcare services, particularly immunisation through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.
GAVI had stopped funding programmes in Nigeria through the NPHCDA following unsatisfactory findings from the it programme audit carried out in 2015.
FG pledges transparency, accountability as Gavi funding returns – Healthwise (punchng.com)
The FG noted that the return of direct Gavi programme funding symbolises the unwavering commitment to combat corruption and provide a stable framework for governance, and the attainment of Universal Health Coverage for all.
Speaking during the official recommencement event of Direct Programme Funding in Abuja, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha said one of the FG’s main objectives had been to change the narrative surrounding accountability in the management of resources within all ministries, departments and agencies.
According to him, “Therefore, today, as we commemorate the return of direct Gavi Programme Funding, let us recognize that this symbolizes the unwavering commitment of the Federal Government of Nigeria to combat corruption thereby providing a stable framework for governance.
“Today, therefore, marks a momentous occasion as we gather here to celebrate the official re-commencement of direct Gavi programme funding through the NPHCDA. This stands as proof of the accomplishments resulting from our combined endeavours to establish accountability and transparency, thereby instilling trust in our systems.
The Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib said, “The Gavi team will be glad to know that we have taken decisive steps to strengthen the Grant Compliance and Coordinating Office through an infusion of more technically sound NPHCDA staff, who have also demonstrated a high level of dedication to duty and a high sense of probity in the discharge of those duties.
“We have no doubt that Gavi will be willing to provide the necessary support to continually build the capacity of all relevant NPHCDA staff in accountability, transparency and in the management of government and donor funds.”
All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH.
Contact: [email protected]