Nine million children in Kano, others get vaccines from eHealth Africa
To tackle infant mortality and logistic challenges in delivering vaccines to remote communities in the country, eHealth Africa has delivered over nine million doses of vaccines to remote areas in Kano, Bauchi and Zamfara states.
Executive Director, eHealth, Atef Fawaz, who disclosed this, yesterday, in Abuja, during an insight learning forum, said the vaccines were delivered through a solution developed by the body to ensure that no child between the ages of zero to five is left unvaccinated due to logistic challenges.
According to Fawaz, the delivery solution was also developed to enthrone accountability and transparency in the distribution of vaccines across the country, disclosing that “the programme is running in Sokoto State and has delivered vaccines” to basically all the health facilities.
He said: “We all know the challenges in the country when it comes to logistics, especially in very remote areas. The solution was developed to make sure that vaccines reach everywhere at the same time. The solution focused a lot on accountability and transparency.
“So, everyone could see at a point in time where the vaccines were picked from, and where they are delivered; it is a full system that allows monitoring of stocks, request of new stocks and making sure that vaccines are delivered to very remote areas.”
“We have proved that by running the project in Kano, Bauch and Zamfara. The programme is still running in Sokoto and we deliver to basically all the health facilities and more than nine million doses of vaccines have been delivered. This was never something that has ever been done before. So, this has been quite effective and has reduced stock-outs to the barest minimum.”
The director lamented insecurity and bad road network as part of the challenges the body faces in the course of delivering vaccines to remote communities in the northern part of the country.
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