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Metro Meningitis Vaccine is Free Throughout The Country - FG


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The Federal Government on Friday said vaccination for meningitis is free throughout the country and asked Nigerians not to pay for it.

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The Executive Director, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, in a statement on Friday advised Nigerians to report any health centre or health worker who extorts money for the on-going meningitis immunisation to the nearest law enforcement agency.

He said the attention of the agency had been drawn to a report of sharp practices by some health workers and Civil Society Organisations extorting money unsuspecting and desperate citizens.

He added that some health workers were alleged to have extorted money and other forms of incentives from members of the public before being vaccinated against Cerebro Spinal Meningitis.

Shuaib said that the vaccination against CSM, like other vaccination in the National Immunization schedule, is free by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“The Federal Government had spent billions of Naira to procure, store, maintain and distribute such vaccines to all parts of the country.

“Under no circumstances should any health worker demand for money from members of the public for such services,’’ he warned.