The Bola Tinubu-led Federal Government has pledged to address the concerns that surround the financing of the primary healthcare system in Nigeria.
Vice President Kashim Shettima stated this on Thursday during a parley with some Governors under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Bill Gates at the Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Shettima, who noted that polio is one of the major primary healthcare challenges in the country, disclosed that “the proposal is to provide timely domestic financing for the procurement of vaccines, which couldn’t have come sooner, to boost our industrial capacity to produce vaccines.”
The Vice President stressed that the Federal Government is “committed to eradicating variant poliovirus by the end of the year, ensuring that every Nigerian child is covered in the routine immunization campaigns.”
Earlier in his remarks at the interactive session, Gates disclosed that his foundation had recently announced the intention to commit $7 billion to Africa in the next four years.
According to him, the decision was to support routine immunization in Nigeria, and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in Northern Nigeria.