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In a bid to ensure that children in Nigeria are immunised against vaccine-preventable diseases, the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) has begun to launch a catch-up immunisation campaign for all generations.

Executive director of NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, who disclosed this at the launch of the Zero Dose Learning Hub In Nigeria, in Abuja, said the agency is committed to pushing the boundaries of what is possible and fostering a future where the health and well-being of the nation‘s children are safeguarded through robust immunisation practices.

“Today is a day of hope, innovation, and progress. We are gathered here for a milestone moment in the global fight against preventable diseases – the national launch of the GAVI Zero Dose Learning Hub. It is an honour to stand before you today, and I am deeply inspired by the collective commitment that has brought us here.

Nigeria, in partnership with Gavi, the vaccine alliance, stands as a pioneering nation in the implementation of this learning hub. It will not only serve as a catalyst for positive change within our borders but also as a role model to be replicated in other countries. We envision this learning hub becoming a cornerstone for progress.”

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Faisal said the Zero Dose Learning Hub is not just a platform but a beacon of possibility, a testament to the agency‘s dedication to reaching every child, and an affirmation of the nation‘s unwavering belief in the power of vaccination. It represents a promise, a promise that no child will be left behind, no matter their circumstances or where they are born.

“Behind every “zero dose” child lies a story, a story of potential, of dreams, and of the bright future they deserve. Today, we take a bold step towards making those dreams a reality.

“Our aspiration is that this hub will offer an extensive platform for all individuals engaged in the administration of immunization services at both national and subnational levels. Through this platform, we aim to enhance their capabilities and empower them to play an active role in diminishing the number of zero-dose children in Nigeria,” he said.

He emphasised this statement, saying that the hub is not just about data and statistics but about lives saved, futures protected, and communities strengthened, “It‘s about a parent‘s relief, a healthcare worker‘s dedication, and a child‘s smile.”