FG Releases N3.5bn For Vaccination Of Communicable Diseases In Nigeria

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The Federal Government has released N3.5 billion for vaccination against communicable diseases, according to an announcement made at the end of the National Economic Council (NEC) on Thursday.

The spokesman of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, told State House correspondents after a meeting of NEC that the sum of N3.5 billion has been released for vaccination programme against communicable diseases, while the nation’s Excess Crude Account stood at $2.3 billion as at October 16.

The vaccination was against such communicable diseases as polio, measles, diphtheria, influenza, hepatitis B, pneumococcus and rotavirus.

Akande also quoted that federal government as saying that vaccination campaign for measles in the 17 states in the Southern part of the country has been fixed to start from 8th March 2018.

He also said that as at 16th October, the Excess Crude Account was $2.3 billion, Stabilisation Fund stood at N58.5 billion in the same date, while Natural Resources Development Account was N93.1 billion.

The Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III who briefed the NEC on polio eradication said his presence indicated the commitment of the traditional institution in Nigeria to polio eradication.

The council, which commended the Sultan for his commitment, noted that Nigeria was making good progress in polio eradication and routine immunization.

The council, however, urged states to honour their counterpart funds for the immunisation programme.

The NEC also set up a committee whose membership comprises the governors of Kwara, Kaduna, Abia, Ogun, Edo and Adamawa States to work on industrialisation process.

The committee is to monitor the implementation of the recommendations to address the eight key issues including improving broadband penetration in the country, resolving multiple taxation, facilitating access to land, providing security for investments and standardizing regulatory requirements.



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