Nigeria to Begin Vaccine Production — NAFDAC

Nigeria to Begin Vaccine Production — NAFDAC

The Director

General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control,

NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, yesterday, said the country was set to begin local

production of routine immunization vaccines for tuberculosis, hepatitis B,

diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis/whooping cough (DPT), polio, measles and

yellow fever.

Nigeria to Begin Vaccine Production — NAFDAC

Nigeria depends 100 per cent on United Nation Children’s Fund, UNICEF, for

vaccine supplies, which according to the Federal Ministry of Health, stands at

over N648 billion ($4 billion) annually.

At present,

this during the official opening of the Health Canada-NAFDAC Mentorship Launch

aimed at building the Agency’s capacity in the area of vaccine regulation, the

DG said the workshop was part of plans to set the vaccine production in motion.

Disclosing

Orhii, Health Canada has come to mentor NAFDAC, especially in the area of

vaccines and biological regulations.

According to

“We want to start manufacturing vaccines. We are starting on a right footing of

vaccine production in Nigeria by beginning with capacity building of NAFDAC

officers.”

His words:

that vaccines were very important in a country such as Nigeria, with a heavy

disease burden, especially considering the fact that many of the diseases could

be prevented by effective vaccination.

Orhii noted

Source: Naija.ng

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