The European Support to Immunisation Governance in Nigeria on Monday said it had committed N4bn into this 2015 immunisation programmes in Nigeria.
The organisation said the gesture was part of its determination to ensure that Nigeria ended the scourge of polio and obtain World Health Organisation’s certification as a polio-free country in 2017.
Training, Contracting Advisor and Procurement Expert for the EU-SIGN, Aminata Sidibe, gave the figure in Abuja during the bi-annual review meeting of 23 states of the federation (and the FCT) which benefitted from the fund.
According to her, the programme is aimed at helping Nigeria in the fight to end polio and other related diseases; assist in obtaining the WHO certification on polio and also aid in containing other vaccine-preventable diseases in the country.
The WHO had recently delisted Nigeria from the three polio-endemic nations on the globe, leaving Afghanistan and Pakistan on the list.
While declaring the meeting open on Monday, a Director in the Department of Logistics and Health Commodities at NPHCDA, Dr. Mustapha Mahmud, said the nation had just achieved a feat of being delisted from polio-endemic countries.
He added that Nigeria must maintain the de-listing for the next two years to enable it to get certification.