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    FG to make malaria elimination national priority

FG to make malaria elimination national priority

The federal government has pledged to commit $300 million (N108 billion) to eliminate malaria in the country.A statement issued by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) on the just concluded Commonwealth meeting in London said the government promised to secure the fund from the World Bank, Islamic Development Bank and African Development BankNAN reports that the federal government also promised [...]

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    59 million African children stunted, says WHO

59 million African children stunted, says WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says no fewer than 59 million children in Africa are stunted while another 10 million are overweight.The UN health agency also warned that Africa’s attempts to achieve health for all by 2030 could be threatened unless the continent addresses the twin challenges of under-nutrition and obesity.Under-nutrition occurs when people do not get enough to eat, [...]

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    UNICEF: Over 1,000 children abducted by Boko Haram since 2013

UNICEF: Over 1,000 children abducted by Boko Haram since 2013

Boko Haram insurgents have abducted at least 1,000 children in the north-east since 2013, according to UNICEF.Speaking ahead of the 4-year anniversary of the kidnap of the Chibok schoolgirls in Borno, Mohamed Fall, UNICEF representative in Nigeria, also said about 2,295 teachers have so far been killed by the insurgents with more than 1,400 schools destroyed.In 2014, Boko Haram fighters kidnapped [...]

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    NPC: Nigeria’s population now 198m — 7th largest in the world

NPC: Nigeria’s population now 198m — 7th largest in the world

The population of Nigeria, the giant of Africa, is pegged at an estimation of 198 million, according to the National Population Commission (NPC).According to NAN, Eze Duruiheoma, NPC chairman,  said this in New York while delivering Nigeria's statement on sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration at the 51st session of commission on population and development.Nigeria currently rank as the 7th most [...]

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    Religious leaders ‘must speak up against FGM’

Religious leaders ‘must speak up against FGM’

Some civil society organisations have urged clerics to seize the Easter period to speak against female genital mutilation (FGM).The groups said this in a statement issued on their behalf by, Sola Fagorusi, media manager, Onelife Initiative for Human Development.According to the statement, data from the United Nations reveal that over 200 million girls and women currently live with diverse complications [...]

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    UN allocates N4bn for humanitarian aid in north-east

UN allocates N4bn for humanitarian aid in north-east

The UN says it has allocated $11 million (about N4 billion) to help 60,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Borno and other humanitarian operations in north-east Nigeria.The UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA) said $9 million (about N3.2 billion) would be used to provide life-saving aid for some 60,000 people displaced by ongoing Boko Haram crisis in [...]

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    SDGs: Peter Obi asks African leaders to take a cue from China

SDGs: Peter Obi asks African leaders to take a cue from China

Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra state, has called on African leaders to work towards the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).Obi made the call at the World Conference Centre, Bonn, Germany, during the Global Festival of Action for sustainable development goals that ended on Saturday.He said a close look at the goals would show they are development trajectories [...]

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    UNICEF: 69 million Nigerians lack access to safe water

UNICEF: 69 million Nigerians lack access to safe water

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says 69 million Nigerians do not have access to safe water.Zaid Jurji, chief of water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), UNICEF Nigeria, said this while substantiating‎ the recent multiple indicator cluster survey (MICS) conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in 2016/17, which indicated that about 40 percent of households lack access to clean [...]

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    Tambuwal raises the alarm, says shrinking dam has endangered 4m people

Tambuwal raises the alarm, says shrinking dam has endangered 4m people

Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto state, says close to four million people in Sokoto and Kebbi states are in danger because the water level in Goronyo dam has shrunk by almost 90 percent.The dam serves as the primary source of water for residents of the two states in the north-western part of the country.It is used for domestic use and irrigation [...]

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    WHO deploys 826 personnel to contain Lassa fever in Nigeria

WHO deploys 826 personnel to contain Lassa fever in Nigeria

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it has deployed its personnel to rapidly contain the outbreak of Lassa fever in more than 18 states in Nigeria.This was contained in a statement released in Abuja by Charity Warigon, communication officer for WHO in Nigeria.The statement said: “For the Lassa fever response, 271 are involved in active case search, 235 in contact [...]

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