Nigerians have been warned not to make payments in any form before
receiving the Cerebrospinal Meningitis Vaccine.
The Federal Government gave the charge following reports of sharp
practices being perpetrated by some health workers in the course of
the vaccination exercise.
In a press release by the National Primary Health Care Development
Agency (NPHCDA), the Executive Secretary of the Agency, Dr Faisal
Shuaib emphasized that all vaccines in the National Immunization
schedule including the one against CSM have been paid for by the
Against this backdrop, the NPHCDA Boss urged Nigerians to report to
any nearest Law enforcement agency, any health care officer who is
seen defaulting by asking for payment during the vaccine exercise.
He said, “Members of the public are advised to report any Health
Centre or health workers charging people to pay for the on-going
meningitis vaccination in various parts of the country to the nearest
Law Enforcement Agencies.
“The public is therefore, reminded once again that vaccine for
immunization against all vaccine-preventable diseases in the Nigerian
National Immunization schedule are provided free of charge by the
Federal Government and under no circumstances must any health worker
charge members of the public to pay for such free services.
“It should be borne in mind by all patriotic, responsible and
law-abiding citizens that the Federal Government spends billions of
naira to procure, store, maintain and distribute such vaccines to all
parts of the country including affected areas as the need arises.
“The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, therefore, wishes
to put on record, emphatically, that vaccination against cerebrospinal
meningitis, like other vaccination in the National Immunization
schedule is provided free of charge for all members of the public by
the Federal Government of Nigeria,” he added. ELANZANEWS.M