NCWS, NPHCDA Partner on Routine Immunisation in Nigeria
The National Council for Women Societies, NCWS, has partnered with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHDA, with a view to improving on the ongoing Routine Immunization in the country.
PRNigeria reports that NCWS is working with PAS under PACFaH@Scale, a social accountability project which aims to strengthen the capacity of Nigerian Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, at national and state level to hold decision-makers in the country.
The PACFaH@Scale project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and anchored by the development, Research and Project Centre, dRPC.
Speaking during a courtesy visit at NPHCDA headquarters, Abuja on Monday, the National President of the NCWS, Dr. Gloria Laraba-Shoda, stressed the need for the partnership, considering some challenges hindering the successes of the Routine Immunization in the country.
She said: ”We are imploring on the NPHCDA to embrace and accommodate us, as an important accountability network. We are in the process of developing a scorecard for Routine Immunization performance and will appreciate it if you also assist us in setting a list of indicators for the scorecard and other technical support.
“We also need inclusion into the central Routine Immunization system in the National Emergency Routine Immunization Coordination Centre (NERICC),” Mrs Laraba-Shoda added.
Responding, the NPHCDA’s Executive-Director, Dr. Shuaib Faisal, commended the women society for the visit, pledging to do everything possible to assist the association in its quest to stamp out polio in the country.
He said: “As far as I am concerned, we are partners in progress. We have had a long history of collaboration with the NCWS, from Polio Eradication to Family Planning and so on.”