The chairman of the board of Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation (GAVI), Nigeria former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala yesterday revealed how she almost lost her son to typhoid disease.
She was Speaking at a fund raising ceremony for typhoid conjugate vaccines in Vientiane, Laos, Okonjo-Iweala said she however lost her cousin to the disease that is predominant in developing countries.
She said …
“Typhoid fever imposes a dramatic burden on children in the poorest nations affecting countries, communities and families. 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.”