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FG commits $3b to address Hepatitis

The minister of health Dr Osagie Ehanire. Photo: Nancy Anika (Radio Nigeria).

The Federal government says it is committed to a 3billion dollars Nigeria Strategy on Immunization and PHC system Strengthening, NSIPSS in abid to address Hepatitis.

This is to help the transitioning to financial ownership of immunization and primary health care system over a ten-year period, from 2018-2028.

The minister of health, Dr Osagie Ehanire made this known at a press conference in Abuja to mark the World Hepatitis Day.

The Minister explained that the ministry is forging an alignment with the Regional Resolution to reduce Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection to less than 2% in children under five years by the end of this year.

Dr Ehanire said One of the major challenges of Hepatitis B birth dose vaccination was the inadequate domestic contribution to finance vaccines and expand access to services.

He, however, stressed that the government has made significant progress in addressing the inequities in the uptake of routine vaccines and improvement of coverage for hepatitis B virus, HBV Birth Dose.

The HBV birth dose coverage in 2019 was at 59%.

Nancy Anika

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