The National Primary Health Care Development Agency on Monday said that the Federal Government has secured three ultra-cold chain equipment in anticipation of the COVID-19 vaccines.
It further noted that the cold chains currently domiciled at the National Strategic Cold Store in Abuja.
The NPHCDA Executive Director, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, spoke via the agency’s official Twitter handle.
He stressed that the UCC equipment are capable of storing up to 400,000 doses of mRNA vaccines at a temperature of -60 to -80 degree centigrade.
The United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention described mRNA vaccines, also known as Messenger RNA, as a new type of vaccine that teaches the human cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response inside the bodies to protect against infectious diseases.
According to Shuaib, the mRNA vaccines can be stored at +2 to +8 degree centigrade at the health facility level for five days.
“With the availability storage capacity for mRNA vaccines, Nigeria is ready to receive the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines. The NPHCDA also has walk-in freezer rooms that can store vaccines at -25 to -15 degree centigrade,” he said.
Continuing, the NPHCDA director stated that Nigeria through the routine immunization delivery system already has enough storage capacity at the National, Zonal, State, LGA, ward and health facility levels for non-mRNA vaccines which require storage temperature of +2 to +8 degree centigrade.
“Health facilities have Solar Cold Chain Equipment to ensure that the potency of vaccine is maintained,” he said.
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund has also described UCC as a high-quality cold chain that allows health workers to deliver life-saving vaccines to every last child.
UNICEF states that when vaccines are ordered, they always travel directly by plane from the manufacturer as refrigerated cargo to the country where they would be used.
“Once they land, they are stored in cold rooms before being distributed to regional and sub-regional cold storage facilities by refrigerated vehicle.
“From storage facilities down to the village level, health workers carry vaccines in cold boxes and vaccine carriers, traveling by car, motorcycle, bicycle, donkey, camel or on foot to immunise every last child, even in the most remote of villages,” UNICEF said.
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