Pneumonia: Senate Directs Ministry of Health to Launch Massive Vaccination Campaign

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SWITZERLAND, OCTOBER 21 – In the aftermath of alarming rate of death from pneumonia in Nigeria, the Senate on Wednesday, directed the Federal Ministry of Health to launch a massive vaccination programme to arrest the killer disease.

The Bill titled: Urgent need to combat the high rate of Infants Deaths caused by Pneumonia in Nigeria, was raised by Senator Clifford Ordia .

“This motion is drawing greater attention to the issue of poverty, I commend the mover of this motion.”- Senator Chimaroke Nnamani said, supporting the motion.

“As a mother, I can tell you that this motion is timely, with the findings from save the children foundation, we can see that pneumonia is back to our doorsteps.”- Senator Oluremi Tinubu said in her comments,

“Children that are malnourished are affected the most, I want to thank you for coming up with such a motion that concerns every Nigerian and I support every prayer on this motion,” she continued.

In the end, Senate resolves to:

1. Urge the Federal Ministry of Health to Launch a massive vaccination programme to arrest this killer disease; and

2. Urge Federal Ministry of Health through its relevant Agencies to make available Amoxicillin DT antibiotics to Health centers round the country to treat the Infection.

The deliberation on the bill was the last proceeding of the day, after which, the Senate President Ahmed Lawan moved that plenary be adjourned to Thursday, 21st November, 2019.

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