On the sidelines of Canada’s Global Initiative for Vaccine Equity (CanGIVE) launched in Nigeria, The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) says the country is prepared to take on another formidable challenge – ensuring vaccine equity.
The Director-General, of NCDC, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa said that through the CanGIVE initiative, Nigeria aimed at enhancing vaccine provision, coverage, and delivery across our nation.
The NCDC boss said that the agency’s approach would focus on strengthening the primary healthcare system, ensuring adequate training for healthcare workers, enhancing surveillance, and leveraging data-driven strategies.
Adetifa said that, additionally, the agency was committed to building and nurturing strong partnerships with community leaders, civil society organisations, and advocacy groups.
He said that this collaboration would enable targeted engagement in vaccine education and address misconceptions or vaccine hesitancy, ensuring that accurate information was disseminated to the public.
The NCDC boss noted that CanGIVE was a beacon of hope for those who had been marginalized and neglected.
Adetifa added that in a world that had been dramatically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the country was painfully reminded of the societal and health inequities that persisted.
The NCDC boss, however, assured that through resilience, collaboration, and unwavering commitment, it had made significant strides in strengthening the healthcare system and disease control efforts.