My cousin died and l nearly lost my son to typhoid fever - Okonjo-Iweala

- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has disclosed how she nearly lost her son to typhoid fever

- Okonjo-Iweala who is the current chairperson of the board of vaccine alliance said she lost her cousin to the fever

- She said the disease has imposed a dramatic burden on children in the poorest nations of the world

The chairperson of the board of vaccine alliance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has explained how she lost her cousin and nearly lost her son too to typhoid fever.

Punch reports that Okonjo-Iweala made this known while assuring that more children will be protected against typhoid fever with the new funding of the typhoid conjugate vaccines.

She said: ''Typhoid fever imposes a dramatic burden on children in the poorest nations affecting countries, communities and families.

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''This disease has long been eliminated from most industrialised nations, but it is still a serious threat in developing countries where the vast majority of deaths occur.

''I lost my cousin and nearly lost my son because of typhoid. This vaccine will be a lifesaver for millions of children, especially those living without access to clean water or sanitation.''

Also, the chief executive officer Gavi Seth Berkley said drug-resistant typhoid cases had increased and spread across Asia and Africa, posing a serious threat to public health.

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Berkeley said: ''This vaccine is safe, effective and can provide lasting protection. The growing spread of drug resistant strains of typhoid is a major threat, not just to individuals but also to our efforts to control the disease. And this requires us to prioritise prevention strategies.

''Strong coverage through routine immunisation together with efforts to improve access to clean water and hygiene will play a key role in dramatically reducing the disease.''

The board also approved a set of principles that would guide the organisation’s transition plan for Nigeria.

Meanwhile, had reported Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala received another important recognition for her work as she received the national award of labour by the Laos government.

Okonjo-Iweala via her official twitter page said the award was on the decree of H.E President Bounyang Vorachit.

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