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WHO immunises 79,000 children against polio in FCT

Polio immunisation

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it immunised about 79, 000 children of below five years against polio during the just concluded polio immunisation in Kuje Area Council, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Mr Shola Ayeniyi, the WHO Local Government Facilitator, made the disclosure during a general review meeting at the end of the polio immunisation at the Primary Health ...

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Ebola virus infects 300 people in eastern Congo

Oly Ilunga

The deadly Ebola virus has infected 300 people in Congo since an outbreak erupted almost two months ago in the country’s east, the health ministry said on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Ebola is a disease caused by a virus, though there are five strains, and four of them can make people sick. After entering the body, it kills cells, making ...

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Namibia poised to eliminate local transmission of malaria

Bernard Haufiku

A strategic report released by the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 has revealed that the Southern African country is in a unique position to eliminate the local transmission of malaria. According to the report, which was signed by the country’s Minister of Health and Social Services, Bernard Haufiku, Namibia is ahead of most ...

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Nigeria to attain polio-free status in next 11 months – NPHCDA

Isaac Adewole

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says Nigeria may be certified polio-free in next 11 months, if access to insecure areas in Borno, and some parts of the North-East improves. Dr. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director, NPHCDA, disclosed this on Monday, October 29, 2018 in Abuja during the 36th meeting of the Expert Review Committee on Polio and Routine ...

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Kerala releases plan to contain antibiotic resistance

Pinarayi Vijayan

The state of Kerala in India has released an action plan to contain antimicrobial resistance (AMR). It is the first state in the country to do so. The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Friday, October 26, 2018 in a statement welcomed the Kerala Antimicrobial Resistance Strategic Action Plan (KARSAP), which was released by Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of ...

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Global Fund announces $660m grant to tackle three diseases in Nigeria

Isaac Adewole

The Global Fund, an international financing organisation, has announced an additional humanitarian grant of $660 million to tackle HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria epidemic in Nigeria. Its Executive Director, Mr Peter Sands, announced this at a news conference on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 in Abuja. Sands noted that the grant was expected to last for a three-year period to include more ...

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World Polio Day: Rotary advocates clean environment


As the world prepares to mark the 2018 World Polio Day, Rotary International clubs have advocated for clean and hygienic environment to end transmission of the ailment. Flagging off the World Polio Day programme on Saturday, October 29, 2918 in Abuja, the incident manager, National Emergency Operations Centre for Polio, Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Usman ...

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Nigeria got it right at tobacco treaty talks, says ERA/FoEN

Nigeria tobacco

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has eulogised the Nigerian delegation that attended the Eighth Conference of the Parties (COP8) to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) that held recently in Geneva, Switzerland. The ERA/FoEN in a statement issued in Lagos on Monday, October 15, 2018 said that, with the strong stance of ...

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World Bank commits $120m for diseases surveillance in ECOWAS countries, Mauritania

Jim Yong Kim, World Bank [resident

The Word Bank Board of Directors says it has approved the third Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement (REDISSE) Project and committed additional $120 million to the work plans. Mr John Paul Clark, the World Bank Senior Health Specialist, made the disclosure on Monday, October 16, 2018 in Lagos at the opening of the ongoing technical sub-committee meeting of the REDISSE ...

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WHO vaccinates 377,000 against cholera in Adamawa

Bindo Umaru Jibrilla

No fewer than 377,000 people have been vaccinated against cholera in Adamawa State, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. This was contained in the World Health Organisation (WHO), Nigeria Health Emergencies Programme report, titled “Mid-Year Report 2018”, made available to newsmen on Thursday, October 11, 2018 in Yola, the state capital. The report indicated that WHO provided the technical ...

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