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Nigeria commences building of standard vaccines hubs

The Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire, Executive Director NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib and other stakeholders during the groundbreaking ceremony of the vaccine hub

Photo: Nancy Anikaezie/Radio Nigeria

The Federal government has commenced the building of standard vaccine hub projects in three states of the federation, Abuja, Lagos and Kano for the storage and preservation of vaccines and other medical equipment needed for immunisation in the country.

The 3-Hub project is an initiative led by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA that would accommodate needed vaccines through 2035.

The Executive Director, NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib at the ground breaking ceremony explained that the hub would improve immunisation logistics network and vaccine storage capacity which amounts to 250 shipments per year.

Dr Shuaib added that the other hubs in Lagos and Kano would commence simultaneously with that of Abuja.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire said each of the hubs is centralized to serve two geopolitical locations and decentralized to timely response to increase vaccine demands.

Abuja and Kano Hubs are funded by the Global Alliance for Vaccine initiative, Gavi while the Lagos Hub is funded through a world bank loan.

Reporting by Nancy Anikaezie; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade