NAFDAC Endorses Tyvivac Against Typhoid Fever
Experts have raised concern over the growing incidence of typhoid fever within the Nigerian populace even as Tyvivac, a new generation vaccine for the prevention of typhoid fever in adults and children over two years of age debuts in the Nigerian market.
Officially presenting the vaccine to the media last week in Lagos, Director-General of the National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii pointed out that in recent times, almost every laboratory test reads positive to typhoid fever alongside malaria.
According to him, Typhoid fever spreads through contaminated food and water. The agent is passed out in the stool of an infected person, it may also be present in his urine, spite or vomit.
He explained that water can be contaminated by stool of an infected person if the source of drinking water is exposed where open defecation is practiced in the absence of toilets.“
Endorsing the Tyvivac vaccine for the prevention of the disease in Nigeria, he recounted how the Agency alongside Creative Ideas Pharmaceuticals Limited have have collaborated over the last four years.
“We have been evaluating the vaccine and all clinical and paper works are true. The vaccine will be essential and of interest to Nigeria. I feel elated that we have a vaccine for Nigerians now,” he said.“
The Manging Director, Creative Ideas, Mr. Tonye Briggs, explained that the tropical nature of the Nigerian climate coupled with unhygienic lifestyle practices and unsafe drinking water have all combined to perpetuate the scourge in the country.
“This needs not be so as other countries like Vietnam, China and Malaysia have successfully tamed this malaise.”“Noting that Tyvivac vaccine, has successfully been used in Vietnam and other countries to manage the incidence of typhoid in those countries, Briggs said it prevents typhoid fever for three years when it is used once.
“This vaccine is now available in Nigeria and our company, Creative Ideas Limited, has the sole franchise for its distribution in West Africa.”
Briggs said in the quest to bring succour to the many who have been affected by this scourge, the vaccine was discovered in Vietnam.
“Over the last four years, we have made several trips to Vietnam to meet with our partners and the manufacturer, Dalat vaccine Company, DAVAC. The process of ensuring the safety and efficacy of this vaccine include factory visits to Vietnam with NAFDAC inspectors who were convinced that the production processes met global best practices and standards. Clinical trials and other tests were administered and the verdict, eventually, was that the vaccine is safe and effective in the management of typhoid,” he added.
He urged that the vaccine be well distributed to every nook and cranny of the country.
The Trade Attache from the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, recalled that Vietnam was in the situation of Nigeria before it discovered the vaccine and that with its introduction the burden of typhoid has been drastically reduced.
In a recommendation, Chief Executive Officer, Fidson Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Felix Ayebae in a testimony about the efficacy of the vaccine, said it had capacity to protect for three years.
“It is a product that will add value to the lives of Nigerians.”It is a product that I will attest to. For six years I have been using it. I recommend it to all Nigerians. I also call on the company to search for vaccines for other diseases plaguing the country,” he said.