NPHCDA launches vaccine preservation equipment

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The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency has launched the Cold Chain, a vaccine preservation equipment for hospitals across Nigeria to preserve vaccines.
Speaking at the launching of the equipment in Abuja, the Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said that the equipments would help to achieve the required vaccines storage and withhold vaccines potency.
He also said that there are thirteen thousand of the cold chain equipment to me donated across Nigeria for the preservation of immunisation vaccines.
“With these cold chain equipment, fridges, coolers, Ice-lined dressers, cold boxes and others, our vaccines will be more potent and when applied, more children would never prevented from dying,”  Dr. Shuaib said.
The Nigerian minister of health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said that the donation was part of government”s commitment to uplift health facilities through partnerships with donors.
The equipments were donated by Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, GAVI.
The Chief Executive Officer of GAVI, Dr. Seth Berkley, said that the solar powered equipments is aimed at improving the lives of Nigeria children.
He added that provision has been made for the continuous training of person’s that would man the equipments.
While appreciating the gesture, the Acting Secretary, Health in the Federal Capital Territory,  Musa Abdulraman, said that the equipments would improve storage capacity in the FCT by over 200%.
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