U.S. reiterates commitment to improve health and wellbeing of Nigerians

The United States Government has reiterated its commitment to work with the Government of Nigeria to improve the health and wellbeing of the Nigerian people, as part of the long-standing diplomatic, economic, and socio-cultural ties between the two countries.

On October 22, 2019 Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy, Ms. Kathleen FitzGibbon, led a delegation of U.S. agencies working in health on a courtesy call to Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire. The Chargé recognized the Minister’s leadership in the health sector and appreciated the Nigerian Government’s effort to increase its funding for public health programs.

The delegation congratulated Nigeria for having no reported case of the wild poliovirus for the last three years, which sets Nigeria on the track to being certified Polio-free, and encouraged the government to finish that effort through approving and releasing funds for polio transition and strengthening routine immunizations.

The Chargé acknowledged the strong partnership between the U.S. and Nigeria and commended the Nigerian Government for its efforts to improve Primary Health Care, as well as its commitment to reduce the burden of malaria, HIV, TB, vaccine-preventable diseases, and other infectious diseases.  These diseases remain of critical concern as they constitute high-burden diseases in Nigeria, bringing with them additional economic hardship on its citizens. 

Ms. FitzGibbon reiterated U.S. support for the training of public health workers and improving access to quality medicines, vaccines, medical facilities, and reproductive health materials.

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