Nigeria still has a long way to go on immunization- EU

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Despite investing over €200 million in Nigeria’s health sector, the European Union  (EU) has said there is still a long way to go to the country’s immunisation programme.

The EU has invested over €200 million in support of Nigeria’s health system between 2002 and 2019.

Speaking at the end of its project dissemination seminar, European Union Support to Immunisation Governance (EU-SIGN) in Abuja on Thursday, European Union Ambassador to Nigeria and West Africa, Ketil Karlsen, said this has left the union with mixed feelings.

The theme of the seminar was “Improving Immunisation Governance: Progress, Challenges, Good Practices, Lessons and Recommendations for the future.”

Mr Karlsen noted that it will be reviewing its programmes so as to know what can be done differently in the future.

He said: “Fundamentally the European Union has provided very long and consistent support for the health sector in Nigeria.

“€200million since 2002, straight 17 years non stop we had partnered with Nigeria authorities, specific society and state government.

“We have come to this crossroad where we need to look at the result and note what we can do differently, what can we do better.