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FG Launches CanGIVE Grant For Improved Health Services

todayJuly 20, 2023 31 2

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The Federal Government in collaboration with other development partners have Launched the Canada Global Initiative for Vaccine Equity, CanGIVE grant in Nigeria.

At the Launch in Abuja, the Executive Director National Primary Healthcare Development Agency. Dr. Faisal Shuaib said this became necessary to strengthen the sustainability of COVID-19 and routine immunisations performances, alongside other Primary Healthcare Services.

Dr shauib reiterated that the grant would contribute to strengthening the Health system, address service delivery, bridge gender disparities at the sub-national level to enhance vaccine delivery, distribution, and public confidence.

He added that it would also generate demand in states targeted for implementation which includes Ondo, Rivers, Kogi, Delta, Ebonyi, Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Benue, Ogun, Katsina, Taraba, Anambra, Kebbi, and Edo with low vaccinations.

According to Shuaib “While we have made significant progress, we still have work to do. Several states have primary series coverage below 70%, and booster doses account for just over 20% of vaccinations. Therefore, this grant targets states with lower performance and aims to reach high-priority populations”.

In a remark the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Jamie Christoff who said the Canadian Government launched CanGIVE- a global initiative of $317 million Canadian dollars to respond to the country’s priorities for COVID-19 and to support health systems explained that the project would be implemented in 7 countries, with Nigeria receiving the greatest share.

CanGIVE according to Christoff, will also target improved COVID-19 vaccines for humanitarian contexts. For example, here in Nigeria, UNICEF will ensure cold chain equipment remains functional and health facilities’, access to water and sanitation is unhindered in hard-to-reach areas, as a key pillar within the CanGIVE initiative, this WHO-led project in Nigeria”

The Country Representative of the World Health Organization, Mr. Walter Kazardi Molumbo urged Nigerians to continue to protect themselves while pledging collaborative support of International partners towards ensuring adequate technical assistance to the Nigerian government in tackling emerging Health challenges.

Florence Adewale, Edited By Grace Namiji

Written by: Kevin Nwabueze

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