Dr Emmanuel Abanida
Director, Immunization and Disease Control
The Department of Disease Control & Immunization is responsible for Goal 1 of Making Nigerians Healthy: Control of Preventable Diseases. The department ensures all children are vaccinated against preventable diseases. These include tuberculosis, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, tetanus and measles.
In the past two years we have increased the number of Nigerian children protected against vaccine preventable diseases by more than 30%. We have brought our administrative coverage of DPT3, a proxy indication of immunization performance against diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus, to well over 70%.
Our measles reduction strategy has become part of Nigeria’s Integrated Measles Campaign (IMC). It is giving children between the ages of 9 months to 5 years a second opportunity to be vaccinated and protected against measles.
Progress in eradicating polio
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a worldwide partnership aiming to eradicate poliomyelitis and the childhood misery associated with it. The Department drives Nigeria’s actions in respect of the initiative.
Nigeria, one of the four countries with indigenous wild poliovirus (WPV), has recorded tremendous progress towards eradication since 2009. Our efforts, which have included the systematic engagement of political, traditional and religious groups, have to date resulted in a 94% reduction in WPV.
It is the department’s responsibility to build on all these achievements.