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    Polio eradication ‘means so much to Nigeria’

Polio eradication ‘means so much to Nigeria’

Emeka Offor, a philanthropist and Rotary International ambassador, says the eradication of polio means so much to Nigeria. Offor said this on Wednesday while speaking at the unveiling of a polio billboard by his foundation along airport road in Abuja. Nigeria has not recorded any polio case in recent times. The philanthropist said he is certain that the World Health Organisation (WHO) will [...]

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    Kwara gov: It’s a shame we recorded 50% of polio outbreak

Kwara gov: It’s a shame we recorded 50% of polio outbreak

AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, governor of Kwara, says it is a shame that the state recorded 50 percent of polio outbreak in the country. Polio is an infectious disease among children that can cause temporary or permanent paralysis. In a statement on Tuesday, Rafiu Ajakaye, the governor's chief press secretary, quoted AbdulRasaq as saying that his administration will give needed support to end the [...]

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    Adamawa ‘making progress’ in the fight against polio

Adamawa ‘making progress’ in the fight against polio

The fight against polio in Adamawa state has recorded huge success, according to Mohammed Abubakar, an official of the ministry of health in the state. Speaking at a programme on Tuesday, Abubakar said there is a high level of compliance across the 21 local government areas (LGAs) of the state compared to previous immunization exercise in the state. The immunization is for [...]

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    WHO: Nigeria may be polio-free by 2019

WHO: Nigeria may be polio-free by 2019

Basi Wadzin, Plateau state coordinator for the World Health Organisation, says Nigeria might be declared polio-free by 2019. NAN reports that the WHO official made this statement during the polio vaccine administration to children at the Primary Health Care Centre in Jos North local government organised by Rotary Club, District 9125. He said the world recorded 350,000 to one million cases of [...]

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Sultan: We’ll vaccinate against polio since religion is not against immunization

Muhammadu Sa'ad Abubakar III, sultan of Sokoto and chairman of the supreme council of Islamic affairs in Nigeria, says the region will ensure vaccination of every eligible child against poliovirus since religion does not prohibit vaccination. In a statement released by the World Health Organisation, the traditional ruler encouraged all caregivers to ensure compliance and rid the society of the crippling [...]

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    Germany donates €10m to end polio in Nigeria

Germany donates €10m to end polio in Nigeria

The German government, through German Development Bank, KfW, says it has signed a grant of 10 million euros to support polio eradication in Nigeria. KfW says seven million euros will be made available through the World Health Organisation (WHO), while the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEFthe other three million euros would be made available. "The grant we signed today will go a [...]

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    UNICEF: We are on the verge of eradicating polio from the planet

UNICEF: We are on the verge of eradicating polio from the planet

Global health leaders are on the verge of eradicating polio from the planet and will require $1.2 billion to finance efforts to get this done. In a statement on Monday in Abuja, Geoffrey Njoku, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) communication specialist, said the leaders made this known at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta, US. The leaders included Anthony Lake, UNICEF executive director, [...]

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    Families refusing polio vaccines in Nigeria, says UNICEF

Families refusing polio vaccines in Nigeria, says UNICEF

Operatives of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), an organisation under UNICEF, says non-compliance and refusal to partake in vaccination campaigns are hindering efforts to eradicate polio from northern Nigeria. A statement by the United Nations agency appreciated efforts made by traditional rulers at convincing families to partake in the vaccination campaign. "While overall acceptance of polio immunization is extremely high, clusters [...]

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    Japan donates $27m to Nigeria to prevent polio spread 

Japan donates $27m to Nigeria to prevent polio spread 

Japan has given a grant of $27 million for emergency polio vaccination efforts in Nigeria and additional $6million to cater to vaccination efforts in the Lake Chad region. According to a statement by UNICEF, the donation was "in response to the urgent need to increase immunity to polio in the region". The funds will be used to "purchase polio vaccines, conduct house-to-house [...]

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    Measles outbreak, return to polio endemic countries list… why EU gave Nigeria €70m

Measles outbreak, return to polio endemic countries list… why EU gave Nigeria €70m

In September 2000, the United Nations signed the millennium declaration - a total of eight development goals to - make leaders of all 191 UN member states committed to combating poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women by the year 2015. The development goals -- the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, achievement of universal primary education, promotion of gender equality [...]

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    WHO: Nigeria reported only 4 polio cases in 2016

WHO: Nigeria reported only 4 polio cases in 2016

The world is closer than ever to being polio-free as Nigeria, one of the countries still affected by the virus, had only four reported cases in 2016, says the World Health Organisation (WHO). "The executive board of the World Health Organization at its meeting in Geneva last week noted that the world is closer than ever to being polio-free, and urged [...]

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    WHO confirms third polio case in Nigeria

WHO confirms third polio case in Nigeria

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed a third case of polio in Nigeria. Aminu Muhammad, Rotary Club's field coordinator, disclosed this to AP on Monday, saying a crippled toddler found in Monguno local government area of Borno state, is the victim. Last month, two cases of the virus were discovered in Borno, with Isaac Adewole, minister of health, describing the development as [...]

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    Adewole: I was expecting to deal with teenage pregnancies, not polio

Adewole: I was expecting to deal with teenage pregnancies, not polio

Isaac Adewole, the minister of health, says he was expecting to deal with teenage pregnancies and other challenges, not a resurgence of polio. The minister said this on Thursday while briefing the senate committee on primary healthcare and communicable diseases on the federal government's efforts to deal with the disease. "I wasn’t expecting polio as a challenge, I was expecting teenage pregnancy [...]

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    FG approves plans to tackle wild polio virus

FG approves plans to tackle wild polio virus

The federal government has approved a robust response plan, developed by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, to tackle and prevent the further spread of the Wild Polio-Virus (WPV) in the country. Isaac Adewole, minister of health, said this at a news briefing in Abuja. Adewole said the plans included, five rounds of polio campaigns, two of which are to focus on [...]

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    REVEALED: Polio resurgence was predicted 3 days before but FG ‘didn’t listen’

REVEALED: Polio resurgence was predicted 3 days before but FG ‘didn’t listen’

On Tuesday August 9, after a four-day training on routine immunisation budget tracking, the community health and research initiative (CHR) released a statement decrying the non-release of funds for routine immunisation. Three days later, the federal ministry of health, in conjunction with the UNICEF, released a statement announcing a new outbreak of the disease. Two children from Gwoza and Jere local government [...]

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    Polio: FG, UNICEF begin emergency immunisation campaign

Polio: FG, UNICEF begin emergency immunisation campaign

The ministry of health supported by WHO, UNICEF and partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have rolled out an emergency Polio immunization campaign in Borno. Doune Porter, UNICEF chief of communication, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday. Porter said that the campaign followed confirmation of two fresh cases of polio virus in parts of the state which [...]

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