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  •  Mr Peter Hawkins the Country Representative UN Children s Fund UNICEF in Nigeria says the improvement recorded in the number of children immunised against diseases in the country is fantastic He gave the commendation on Sunday during the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja NAN reports that the National Immunisation Coverage Survey NICS 2021 revealed that 57 per cent of Nigerian children received all three doses of pentavalent vaccines Hawkins said that in spite of the COVID 19 pandemic Nigeria was able to record an improvement in immunisation indices even when some other countries witnessed a drop He added that the situation in Nigeria it s not so much where we are today it s where we have come from In 2016 it was 34 per cent Penta three so three Penta vaccines for a child Now it is at 57 per cent so that improvement is fantastic Over the past three to four years it increased from 50 per cent to 57 per cent So that increase is fantastic in actual fact given that in the middle we had COVID and in most countries immunisation dropped In Nigeria we put a lot of efforts the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA puts a lot of effort in maintaining importation of vaccines for routine immunisation maintaining the structures so that they continue to provide vaccination to children and 50 to 57 per cent is a fantastic achievement Hawkins however said that though there was measurable improvement 57 per cent is still insufficient for a country like Nigeria and that the indicators around child mortality demonstrates that According to him the problem is in the fact that some states are performing at a high level while some only record little improvement He added that Lagos State is at 82 per cent if I remember correctly and they have sustained it at that level whereas a state like Sokoto has gone from seven per cent to 11 per cent Eleven per cent is the problem there So it s looking at the states where immunisation is low seeing what the fundamental problems of why and then unbottling those bottlenecks to ensure that they go up to the 57 per cent 60 per cent and ultimately get to 80 per cent He also said that there are communities with zero dose children adding that there are some communities even in Lagos State where immunisation has not reached He explained that the NPHCDA together with Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunisation GAVI and UNICEF have been working hard to ensure that those communities are not left behind He also said that continuous financing for vaccines should be enabled to ensure that the gap is closed For malaria vaccine for children he said it would herald a significant change in child mortality He added that though the vaccine is still expensive it will be included in routine immunisation to prevent children from dying from malaria once they become available We are also coming up with malaria that will be a significant change in the way that the child mortality is looked at The vaccine is still expensive That new vaccine is starting to be developed and once that becomes available for children it will change the dynamic and it s how you include that in the routine immunisation to prevent children from dying from malaria NAN reports that the 2021 World Malaria Report WMR 2021 indicates that Nigeria contributes 27 per cent of the global malaria cases and 32 per cent of global malaria deaths In 2021 the World Health Organisation WHO announced its recommendation of widespread use of the RTS 01 RTS S malaria vaccine among children in sub Saharan Africa and in other regions with moderate to high P falciparum malaria transmission The recommendation was based on results from a pilot programme in Ghana Kenya and Malawi that reached more than 900 000 children since 2019 Though the malaria vaccine is still under review the global target of the World Health Organisation is to reduce the incidence of the disease by at least 30 per cent by 2030 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Improvement on immunisation in Nigeria fantastic — UNICEF 
     Mr Peter Hawkins the Country Representative UN Children s Fund UNICEF in Nigeria says the improvement recorded in the number of children immunised against diseases in the country is fantastic He gave the commendation on Sunday during the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja NAN reports that the National Immunisation Coverage Survey NICS 2021 revealed that 57 per cent of Nigerian children received all three doses of pentavalent vaccines Hawkins said that in spite of the COVID 19 pandemic Nigeria was able to record an improvement in immunisation indices even when some other countries witnessed a drop He added that the situation in Nigeria it s not so much where we are today it s where we have come from In 2016 it was 34 per cent Penta three so three Penta vaccines for a child Now it is at 57 per cent so that improvement is fantastic Over the past three to four years it increased from 50 per cent to 57 per cent So that increase is fantastic in actual fact given that in the middle we had COVID and in most countries immunisation dropped In Nigeria we put a lot of efforts the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA puts a lot of effort in maintaining importation of vaccines for routine immunisation maintaining the structures so that they continue to provide vaccination to children and 50 to 57 per cent is a fantastic achievement Hawkins however said that though there was measurable improvement 57 per cent is still insufficient for a country like Nigeria and that the indicators around child mortality demonstrates that According to him the problem is in the fact that some states are performing at a high level while some only record little improvement He added that Lagos State is at 82 per cent if I remember correctly and they have sustained it at that level whereas a state like Sokoto has gone from seven per cent to 11 per cent Eleven per cent is the problem there So it s looking at the states where immunisation is low seeing what the fundamental problems of why and then unbottling those bottlenecks to ensure that they go up to the 57 per cent 60 per cent and ultimately get to 80 per cent He also said that there are communities with zero dose children adding that there are some communities even in Lagos State where immunisation has not reached He explained that the NPHCDA together with Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunisation GAVI and UNICEF have been working hard to ensure that those communities are not left behind He also said that continuous financing for vaccines should be enabled to ensure that the gap is closed For malaria vaccine for children he said it would herald a significant change in child mortality He added that though the vaccine is still expensive it will be included in routine immunisation to prevent children from dying from malaria once they become available We are also coming up with malaria that will be a significant change in the way that the child mortality is looked at The vaccine is still expensive That new vaccine is starting to be developed and once that becomes available for children it will change the dynamic and it s how you include that in the routine immunisation to prevent children from dying from malaria NAN reports that the 2021 World Malaria Report WMR 2021 indicates that Nigeria contributes 27 per cent of the global malaria cases and 32 per cent of global malaria deaths In 2021 the World Health Organisation WHO announced its recommendation of widespread use of the RTS 01 RTS S malaria vaccine among children in sub Saharan Africa and in other regions with moderate to high P falciparum malaria transmission The recommendation was based on results from a pilot programme in Ghana Kenya and Malawi that reached more than 900 000 children since 2019 Though the malaria vaccine is still under review the global target of the World Health Organisation is to reduce the incidence of the disease by at least 30 per cent by 2030 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Improvement on immunisation in Nigeria fantastic — UNICEF 
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    Improvement on immunisation in Nigeria fantastic — UNICEF 

    Mr Peter Hawkins, the Country Representative, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Nigeria, says the improvement recorded in the number of children immunised against diseases in the country is fantastic.

    He gave the commendation on Sunday during the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja.

    NAN reports that the National Immunisation Coverage Survey (NICS) 2021 revealed that 57 per cent of Nigerian children received all three doses of pentavalent vaccines.

    Hawkins said that in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria was able to record an improvement in immunisation indices even when some other countries witnessed a drop.

    He added that “the situation in Nigeria, it’s not so much where we are today, it’s where we have come from.

    “In 2016, it was 34 per cent Penta three, so three, Penta vaccines for a child.

    “Now it is at 57 per cent, so that improvement is fantastic.

    Over the past three to four years, it increased from 50 per cent to 57 per cent.

    “So, that increase is fantastic, in actual fact, given that in the middle, we had COVID and in most countries, immunisation dropped.

    “In Nigeria, we put a lot of efforts, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) puts a lot of effort in maintaining importation of vaccines for routine immunisation, maintaining the structures so that they  continue to provide vaccination to children and 50 to 57 per cent is a fantastic achievement.

    ”Hawkins, however, said that though there was measurable improvement, 57 per cent is still insufficient for a country like Nigeria, and that the indicators around child mortality demonstrates that.

    According to him, the problem is in the fact that some states are performing at a high level, while some only record little improvement.

    He added that “Lagos State is at 82 per cent, if I remember correctly, and they have sustained it at that level, whereas a state like Sokoto has gone from seven per cent to 11 per cent.

    “Eleven per cent is the problem there.

    So it’s looking at the states where immunisation is low, seeing what the fundamental problems of why and then unbottling those bottlenecks to ensure that they go up to the 57 per cent, 60 per cent and ultimately get to 80 per cent.

    ”He also said that there are communities with zero dose children, adding that there are some communities even in Lagos State where immunisation has not reached.

    He explained that the NPHCDA, together with Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunisation (GAVI) and UNICEF have been working hard to ensure that those communities are not left behind.

    He also said that continuous financing for vaccines should be enabled to ensure that the gap is closed.

    For malaria vaccine for children, he said it would herald a significant change in child mortality.

    He added that though the vaccine is still expensive, it will be included in routine immunisation to prevent children from dying from malaria once they become available.

    “We are also coming up with malaria, that will be a significant change in the way that the child mortality is looked at.

    “The vaccine is still expensive.

    That new vaccine is starting to be developed and once that becomes available for children, it will change the dynamic and it’s how you include that in the routine immunisation to prevent children from dying from malaria.

    ”NAN reports that the 2021 World Malaria Report (WMR 2021) indicates that Nigeria contributes 27 per cent of the global malaria cases and 32 per cent of global malaria deaths.

    In 2021, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced its recommendation of widespread use of the RTS,01 (RTS,S) malaria vaccine among children in sub-Saharan Africa and in other regions with moderate to high P.

    falciparum malaria transmission.

    The recommendation was based on results from a pilot programme in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi that reached more than 900,000 children since 2019.Though the malaria vaccine is still under review, the global target of the World Health Organisation is to reduce the incidence of the disease by at least 30 per cent by 2030.
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  •  The Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire has urged traditional rulers to strive to ensure Primary Health Care PHC service delivery and penetration of COVID 19 vaccination in the South East Ehanire made the appeal while inaugurating tthe South East Traditional Leaders Committee SETLC on Primary Health Care Services Delivery in Enugu on Friday The event was organised by the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA and Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency ENS PHCDA The minister noted that in order to push PHC services and COVID 19 vaccination forward there was need to mobilise traditional rulers who were very influential in their communities He said the ministry would rely on the traditional rulers s power of advocacy and the respect they command among the people to push PHC services which included COVID 19 vaccination to the next and desirable level He said with the inauguration the traditional rulers were made more relevant to issues of PHC services and should have input and oversight to ensure that centres in their communities functioned optimally Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State said that as gatekeepers of the communities it was necessary to get them more involved in advocacy and ensuring that the PHC services were timely delivered to the people Ugwuanyi represented by the state Commissioner for Health Dr Ikechukwu Obi said With the traditional rulers coming on board we will soon achieve and even surpass our targets in various PHC services He said that the state government over the years had strived in repositioning PHC services and structures thus making the people to easily and affordably access PHC services at each ward in the state The Executive Director NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib also said that with the inauguration the traditional rulers had been directly connected to the PHCs He said there is no greater collaboration than working and going through traditional rulers to reach the communities The people in the communities and localities listen more to them and the agency sincerely believes that the PHC services target will be better and faster realised through them He called on the state and the entire south east to do more in advocating increased COVID 19 vaccination and other PHC services The Chairman of the SETLC Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu said they had been part of the PHC before now but would this time personally ensure that all PHC services run successfully in the various communities Agubuzu also the Chairman of Traditional Rulers Council in the state said We are going to redouble our efforts by putting PHC services and COVID 19 vaccination advocacy at the front burner in our various communities The traditional rulers in the South East will also ensure that the PHC centres run optimally to the greater benefit of our subjects in our communities We are going to use town criers community and even our cabinet meetings to discuss PHC services and ensure that everyone in our communities is healthy and sound The Executive Secretary of ENS PHCDA Dr George Ugwu noted that the inauguration was a celebration of excellent PHC services Gov Ugwuanyi had brought to the state through sound PHC policies and massive financial support Ugwu said that the inauguration would surely deepen PHC services and enlarge its coverage in the region as well as the building of more modern Type 3 PHC centres NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Helath minister urges South-East traditional rulers to promote PHC services
     The Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire has urged traditional rulers to strive to ensure Primary Health Care PHC service delivery and penetration of COVID 19 vaccination in the South East Ehanire made the appeal while inaugurating tthe South East Traditional Leaders Committee SETLC on Primary Health Care Services Delivery in Enugu on Friday The event was organised by the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA and Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency ENS PHCDA The minister noted that in order to push PHC services and COVID 19 vaccination forward there was need to mobilise traditional rulers who were very influential in their communities He said the ministry would rely on the traditional rulers s power of advocacy and the respect they command among the people to push PHC services which included COVID 19 vaccination to the next and desirable level He said with the inauguration the traditional rulers were made more relevant to issues of PHC services and should have input and oversight to ensure that centres in their communities functioned optimally Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State said that as gatekeepers of the communities it was necessary to get them more involved in advocacy and ensuring that the PHC services were timely delivered to the people Ugwuanyi represented by the state Commissioner for Health Dr Ikechukwu Obi said With the traditional rulers coming on board we will soon achieve and even surpass our targets in various PHC services He said that the state government over the years had strived in repositioning PHC services and structures thus making the people to easily and affordably access PHC services at each ward in the state The Executive Director NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib also said that with the inauguration the traditional rulers had been directly connected to the PHCs He said there is no greater collaboration than working and going through traditional rulers to reach the communities The people in the communities and localities listen more to them and the agency sincerely believes that the PHC services target will be better and faster realised through them He called on the state and the entire south east to do more in advocating increased COVID 19 vaccination and other PHC services The Chairman of the SETLC Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu said they had been part of the PHC before now but would this time personally ensure that all PHC services run successfully in the various communities Agubuzu also the Chairman of Traditional Rulers Council in the state said We are going to redouble our efforts by putting PHC services and COVID 19 vaccination advocacy at the front burner in our various communities The traditional rulers in the South East will also ensure that the PHC centres run optimally to the greater benefit of our subjects in our communities We are going to use town criers community and even our cabinet meetings to discuss PHC services and ensure that everyone in our communities is healthy and sound The Executive Secretary of ENS PHCDA Dr George Ugwu noted that the inauguration was a celebration of excellent PHC services Gov Ugwuanyi had brought to the state through sound PHC policies and massive financial support Ugwu said that the inauguration would surely deepen PHC services and enlarge its coverage in the region as well as the building of more modern Type 3 PHC centres NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Helath minister urges South-East traditional rulers to promote PHC services
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    Helath minister urges South-East traditional rulers to promote PHC services

    The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has urged traditional rulers to strive to ensure Primary Health Care (PHC) service delivery and penetration of COVID-19 vaccination in the South-East. Ehanire made the appeal while inaugurating tthe South-East Traditional Leaders’ Committee (SETLC) on Primary Health Care (Services) Delivery in Enugu on Friday.

    The event was organised by the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA).

    The minister noted that in order to push PHC services and COVID-19 vaccination forward, there was need to mobilise traditional rulers, who were very influential in their communities.

    He said the ministry would rely on the traditional rulers’s power of advocacy and the respect they command among the people to push PHC services, which included COVID-19 vaccination, to the next and desirable level.

    He said with the inauguration, the traditional rulers were made more relevant to issues of PHC services and should have input and oversight to ensure that centres in their communities functioned optimally.

    Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State said that as gatekeepers of the communities, it was necessary to get them more involved in advocacy and ensuring that the PHC services were timely delivered to the people.

    Ugwuanyi, represented by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Ikechukwu Obi, said: “With the traditional rulers coming on board, we will soon achieve and even surpass our targets in various PHC services.

    ” He said that the state government over the years had strived in repositioning PHC services and structures, thus making the people to easily and affordably access PHC services at each ward in the state.

    The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, also said that with the inauguration, the traditional rulers had been directly connected to the PHCs. He said: “there is no greater collaboration than working and going through traditional rulers to reach the communities.

    “The people in the communities and localities listen more to them and the agency sincerely believes that the PHC services target will be better and faster realised through them.

    ” He called on the state and the entire south-east to do more in advocating increased COVID-19 vaccination and other PHC services.

    The Chairman of the SETLC, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, said they had been part of the PHC before now but would this time personally ensure that all PHC services run successfully in the various communities.

    Agubuzu, also the Chairman of Traditional Rulers’ Council in the state, said: “We are going to redouble our efforts by putting PHC services and COVID-19 vaccination advocacy at the front burner in our various communities.

    “The traditional rulers in the South-East will also ensure that the PHC centres run optimally to the greater benefit of our subjects in our communities.

    “We are going to use town criers, community and even our cabinet meetings to discuss PHC services and ensure that everyone in our communities is healthy and sound.

    ” The Executive Secretary of ENS-PHCDA, Dr George Ugwu, noted that the inauguration was a celebration of excellent PHC services Gov. Ugwuanyi had brought to the state through sound PHC policies and massive financial support.

    Ugwu said that the inauguration would surely deepen PHC services and enlarge its coverage in the region as well as the building of more modern Type-3 PHC centres.


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  •  The National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA has again appealed to Nigerians to get said COVID 19 vaccines The Executive Director NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib made the call during the handover ceremony of over 604 800 doses of the Johnson amp Johnson J amp J COVID 19 vaccines from telecom giant MTN Shuaib who was represented by the Director of Disease Control and Immunisation NPHCDA Dr Bassey Okposen said MTN has been a faithful partner in the country s development The NPHCDA boss said inpsite of vaccine availability many people were still hesitant to be vaccinated We seem to be having the wrong information or impression that COVID 19 is no longer existing or it is no longer a problem he said The fact is that COVID 19 is still here with us in Nigeria and elsewhere in the world and it is a dangerous disease that can surge anytime as it has mutating properties He said the donation of 604 800 doses of vaccines means a potential 604 800 fully vaccinated Nigerians This is to say that MTN is wishing Nigeria the fast lane to COVID 19 recovery he said He said Nigeria has successfully vaccinated 47 172 937 persons representing 42 2 per cent of the eligible population with the first dose He said 34 242 083 persons have been fully vaccinated representing 30 6 per cent of eligible persons He noted that 3 678 412 of the fully vaccinated persons have received their booster shot Shuaib appealed to all eligible Nigerians who are yet to be vaccinated to avail themselves of current opportunities to receive their COVID 19 vaccines Over 47 million eligible persons in Nigeria have so far received the vaccines Although these people constitute less than half of the overall population of eligible persons in the country they cannot be wrong to have taken the vaccine he said Shuaib said the agency has since rolled out its SCALES 3 0 strategy for the COVID 19 campaign which provides a unique opportunity for a whole family to seek protection against vaccine preventable diseases concurrently in one package This means that we are vaccinating eligible persons against COVID 19 and other diseases such as hepatitis yellow fever polio measles etc concurrently he said He urges parents to take advantage of this opportunity to get their eligible children vaccinated against vaccine preventable childhood diseases as earlier mentioned He said with the continued support of partners and stakeholders at all levels Nigeria will be able to attain herd immunity against COVID 19 and step up recovery in the coming months In her remarks the General Manager of Regional Operation MTN Ms Amina Dambata said the vaccines were donated based on the agreement reached with African Union to distribute vaccines to the African region Dambata said the J amp J vaccines would get to those in hard to reach areas within the country I m pleased on behalf of MTN to donate these vaccines today she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there are three approved or authorised vaccines in Nigeria used to prevent COVID 19 These are the Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna and the J amp J These vaccines are given as a shot in the muscle of the upper arm or the thigh www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    COVID-19: Again,  NPHCDA urges Nigerians to get vaccinated
     The National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA has again appealed to Nigerians to get said COVID 19 vaccines The Executive Director NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib made the call during the handover ceremony of over 604 800 doses of the Johnson amp Johnson J amp J COVID 19 vaccines from telecom giant MTN Shuaib who was represented by the Director of Disease Control and Immunisation NPHCDA Dr Bassey Okposen said MTN has been a faithful partner in the country s development The NPHCDA boss said inpsite of vaccine availability many people were still hesitant to be vaccinated We seem to be having the wrong information or impression that COVID 19 is no longer existing or it is no longer a problem he said The fact is that COVID 19 is still here with us in Nigeria and elsewhere in the world and it is a dangerous disease that can surge anytime as it has mutating properties He said the donation of 604 800 doses of vaccines means a potential 604 800 fully vaccinated Nigerians This is to say that MTN is wishing Nigeria the fast lane to COVID 19 recovery he said He said Nigeria has successfully vaccinated 47 172 937 persons representing 42 2 per cent of the eligible population with the first dose He said 34 242 083 persons have been fully vaccinated representing 30 6 per cent of eligible persons He noted that 3 678 412 of the fully vaccinated persons have received their booster shot Shuaib appealed to all eligible Nigerians who are yet to be vaccinated to avail themselves of current opportunities to receive their COVID 19 vaccines Over 47 million eligible persons in Nigeria have so far received the vaccines Although these people constitute less than half of the overall population of eligible persons in the country they cannot be wrong to have taken the vaccine he said Shuaib said the agency has since rolled out its SCALES 3 0 strategy for the COVID 19 campaign which provides a unique opportunity for a whole family to seek protection against vaccine preventable diseases concurrently in one package This means that we are vaccinating eligible persons against COVID 19 and other diseases such as hepatitis yellow fever polio measles etc concurrently he said He urges parents to take advantage of this opportunity to get their eligible children vaccinated against vaccine preventable childhood diseases as earlier mentioned He said with the continued support of partners and stakeholders at all levels Nigeria will be able to attain herd immunity against COVID 19 and step up recovery in the coming months In her remarks the General Manager of Regional Operation MTN Ms Amina Dambata said the vaccines were donated based on the agreement reached with African Union to distribute vaccines to the African region Dambata said the J amp J vaccines would get to those in hard to reach areas within the country I m pleased on behalf of MTN to donate these vaccines today she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there are three approved or authorised vaccines in Nigeria used to prevent COVID 19 These are the Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna and the J amp J These vaccines are given as a shot in the muscle of the upper arm or the thigh www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    COVID-19: Again,  NPHCDA urges Nigerians to get vaccinated
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    COVID-19: Again,  NPHCDA urges Nigerians to get vaccinated

    The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has again appealed to Nigerians to get said COVID-19 vaccines.

    The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, made the call during the handover ceremony of over 604,800 doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines from telecom giant, MTN.

    Shuaib, who was represented by the Director, of Disease Control and Immunisation, NPHCDA, Dr Bassey Okposen, said MTN has been a faithful partner in the country’s development.

    The NPHCDA boss said inpsite of vaccine availability, many people were still hesitant to be vaccinated.

    “We seem to be having the wrong information or impression that COVID-19 is no longer existing or it is no longer a problem,” he said.

    “The fact is that COVID-19 is still here with us in Nigeria and elsewhere in the world, and it is a dangerous disease that can surge anytime as it has mutating properties.

    ” He said the donation of 604,800 doses of vaccines means a potential 604,800 fully vaccinated Nigerians.

    “This is to say that MTN is wishing Nigeria the fast lane to COVID-19 recovery,” he said.

    He said Nigeria has successfully vaccinated 47,172,937 persons representing 42.2 per cent of the eligible population, with the first dose.

    He said 34,242,083 persons have been fully vaccinated, representing 30.6 per cent of eligible persons.

    He noted that 3,678,412 of the fully vaccinated persons have received their booster shot.

    Shuaib appealed to all eligible Nigerians who are yet to be vaccinated to avail themselves of current opportunities to receive their COVID-19 vaccines.

    “Over 47 million eligible persons in Nigeria have so far received the vaccines.

    Although these people constitute less than half of the overall population of eligible persons in the country, they cannot be wrong to have taken the vaccine,” he said.

    Shuaib said the agency has since rolled out its SCALES 3.0 strategy for the COVID-19 campaign which provides a unique opportunity for a whole family to seek protection against vaccine-preventable diseases concurrently in one package.

    “This means that we are vaccinating eligible persons against COVID-19 and other diseases such as hepatitis, yellow fever, polio, measles, etc.

    concurrently,” he said.

    He urges parents to take advantage of this opportunity to get their eligible children vaccinated against vaccine-preventable childhood diseases as earlier mentioned.

    He said with the continued support of partners and stakeholders at all levels, Nigeria will be able to attain herd immunity against COVID-19 and step up recovery in the coming months.

    In her remarks, the General Manager of Regional Operation MTN, Ms Amina Dambata said the vaccines were donated based on the agreement reached with African Union to distribute vaccines to the African region.

    Dambata said the J&J vaccines would get to those in hard-to-reach areas within the country.

    “I’m pleased on behalf of MTN to donate these vaccines today,” she said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that there are three approved or authorised vaccines in Nigeria used to prevent COVID-19. These are the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna and the J&J.

    These vaccines are given as a shot in the muscle of the upper arm or the thigh.

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  •  The National Senior Citizen Centre NSCC says its working with WHO National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA and Nigerian Governors Forum NGF to provide integrated health care to older persons across the country The Director General NSCC Dr Emem Omokaro said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria that the collaboration involved training of community health extension workers Omokaro spoke at the sideline of the debriefing meeting by Dr Claudia Mahler UN Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights of Older Persons in Abuja We are able to form cluster relationships because aging is inter sectoral and multi sectoral So we are working on social security and protection with government Ministries Departments and Agencies We have mainstream older persons into the Grants for Vulnerable Groups we now have stakeholders engagement which has traditional fathers faith based organisations and experts We have signed an agreement with NPHCDA the Secretariat of NGF and WHO We are working together to ensure that integrated primary health care is taken to the older persons And by extension to the community through training for community extension workers Omokaro said On Mahler s visit she said it was to strengthen efforts in the protection of human rights of older persons in the country She explained that the UN expert would make recommendations on gaps for proper care of older persons so as to boost Nigeria s global age watch index We have an excellent policy framework In fact we are on top in the area of engagement mechanism she said The official thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of HumanitarianAffairs Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq for their support Omakaro said Mahlers interacted virtually with stakeholders in Benue Lagos Oyo and others across the country and was appraised of government s extensive commitment to build capacity in terms of human resources and structure Similarly Ms Moradeke Adelakan from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Nigerian Government has done a lot regarding issues of older persons I am very happy to report to my superiors and we will take all the information we have at the various UN engagements to tell the Nigerian story We appreciate our older persons and we are willing to learn and support we would also like to emulate the good effort both at the government and primary level Adelakan said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NSCC partners NGF, WHO to provide integrated health care to older persons
     The National Senior Citizen Centre NSCC says its working with WHO National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA and Nigerian Governors Forum NGF to provide integrated health care to older persons across the country The Director General NSCC Dr Emem Omokaro said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria that the collaboration involved training of community health extension workers Omokaro spoke at the sideline of the debriefing meeting by Dr Claudia Mahler UN Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights of Older Persons in Abuja We are able to form cluster relationships because aging is inter sectoral and multi sectoral So we are working on social security and protection with government Ministries Departments and Agencies We have mainstream older persons into the Grants for Vulnerable Groups we now have stakeholders engagement which has traditional fathers faith based organisations and experts We have signed an agreement with NPHCDA the Secretariat of NGF and WHO We are working together to ensure that integrated primary health care is taken to the older persons And by extension to the community through training for community extension workers Omokaro said On Mahler s visit she said it was to strengthen efforts in the protection of human rights of older persons in the country She explained that the UN expert would make recommendations on gaps for proper care of older persons so as to boost Nigeria s global age watch index We have an excellent policy framework In fact we are on top in the area of engagement mechanism she said The official thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of HumanitarianAffairs Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq for their support Omakaro said Mahlers interacted virtually with stakeholders in Benue Lagos Oyo and others across the country and was appraised of government s extensive commitment to build capacity in terms of human resources and structure Similarly Ms Moradeke Adelakan from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Nigerian Government has done a lot regarding issues of older persons I am very happy to report to my superiors and we will take all the information we have at the various UN engagements to tell the Nigerian story We appreciate our older persons and we are willing to learn and support we would also like to emulate the good effort both at the government and primary level Adelakan said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NSCC partners NGF, WHO to provide integrated health care to older persons
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    NSCC partners NGF, WHO to provide integrated health care to older persons

    The National Senior Citizen Centre (NSCC) says its working with WHO, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) to provide integrated health care to older persons across the country.

    The Director-General, NSCC, Dr Emem Omokaro, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria that the collaboration involved training of community health extension workers.

    Omokaro spoke at the sideline of the debriefing meeting by Dr Claudia Mahler, UN Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights of Older Persons in Abuja.

    “We are able to form cluster relationships because aging is inter-sectoral and multi-sectoral.

    “So we are working on social security and protection with government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

    “We have mainstream older persons into the Grants for Vulnerable Groups, we now have stakeholders engagement which has traditional fathers, faith based-organisations and experts.

    “We have signed an agreement with NPHCDA, the Secretariat of NGF and WHO.

    We are working together to ensure that integrated primary health care is taken to the older persons.

    “And by extension to the community through training for community extension workers,” Omokaro said.

    On Mahler’s visit, she said it was to strengthen efforts in the protection of human rights of older persons in the country.

    She explained that the UN expert would make recommendations on gaps for proper care of older persons, so as to boost Nigeria’s global age watch index.

    “We have an excellent policy framework.

    In fact, we are on top in the area of engagement mechanism,” she said.

    The official thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of HumanitarianAffairs, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, for their support.  

    Omakaro said Mahlers interacted virtually with stakeholders in Benue, Lagos, Oyo and others across the country, and was appraised of government’s extensive commitment to build capacity in terms of human resources and structure.

    Similarly, Ms Moradeke Adelakan, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Nigerian Government has done a lot regarding issues of older persons.

    “I am very happy to report to my superiors and we will take all the information we have at the various UN engagements to tell the Nigerian story.

    “We appreciate our older persons and we are willing to learn and support, we would also like to emulate the good effort both at the government and primary level,” Adelakan said.    


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  •  The Enugu State Government says it is set for a massive yellow fever vaccination as a proactive measure to ensure residents of the state are protected from the reemerging disease Dr George Ugwu Executive Secretary of the Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency ENS PHCDA told newsmen in Enugu on Tuesday that the state had not recorded any fresh case but had taken far reaching proactive measures Ugwu said that vaccination would be done before the end of September as the state was not relenting in its health responsibility even as neighbouring states had recorded some sporadic fresh outbreaks The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC via its official website on Sept 4 had announced 14 deaths in 10 states from suspected cases of yellow fever between January and July NCDC said the affected states included Abia one Bayelsa one Benue one Imo one Kaduna one Katsina two Kebbi one Taraba two Yobe one and Zamfara three Ugwu said that before now the state through the ENS PHCDA had put its ward and council area disease surveillance officers on alert as well as re sensitised them to symptoms to watch out for in any suspected case He said that with a clear cut experience on how contagious and dreaded the spread of the disease can be the agency had done national and state level training for vaccination workers in preparation for the vaccination The executive secretary said that the agency would conduct the training for council and ward vaccination workers before administering the exercise in nine council areas for a start According to him about a year and half ago there was an outbreak of yellow fever in some council areas in the state and government responded quickly and by God s grace it was totally kicked out It didn t resurge again Rising from that we have been planning to make sure that it does not rear its ugly head or re emerge in the state again It was also anticipated that an outbreak is going to happen in the country and without waiting for the sporadic outbreaks to be announced we have already planned that this month there is going to be an outbreak response So we are hoping that it is going to go through all residents of the state by carrying it out in the 17 council areas of the state But we are starting with the first nine states which were carefully selected and mapped out by the agency the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA and other health partners However we are still persuading the NPHCDA and other partners to see that we also involve the remaining eight local governments in quick succession to make it statewide and all encompassing This is our grand proactive design to ensure it does not resurge again in the state he said Ugwu said that the vaccination would be done with that of measles vaccination simultaneously in the state He thanked Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his support for the vaccination and the agency as well as NPHCDA World Health Organisation WHO UNICEF others for their great partnership for the exercise The WHO said that yellow fever was an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes The yellow in the name refers to jaundice that affects some patients The symptoms of yellow fever include fever headache jaundice muscle pain nausea vomiting and fatigue A small proportion of patients who contract the disease develop severe symptoms and approximately half of those die within seven to 10 days NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Enugu Govt. prepares for massive yellow fever vaccination
     The Enugu State Government says it is set for a massive yellow fever vaccination as a proactive measure to ensure residents of the state are protected from the reemerging disease Dr George Ugwu Executive Secretary of the Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency ENS PHCDA told newsmen in Enugu on Tuesday that the state had not recorded any fresh case but had taken far reaching proactive measures Ugwu said that vaccination would be done before the end of September as the state was not relenting in its health responsibility even as neighbouring states had recorded some sporadic fresh outbreaks The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC via its official website on Sept 4 had announced 14 deaths in 10 states from suspected cases of yellow fever between January and July NCDC said the affected states included Abia one Bayelsa one Benue one Imo one Kaduna one Katsina two Kebbi one Taraba two Yobe one and Zamfara three Ugwu said that before now the state through the ENS PHCDA had put its ward and council area disease surveillance officers on alert as well as re sensitised them to symptoms to watch out for in any suspected case He said that with a clear cut experience on how contagious and dreaded the spread of the disease can be the agency had done national and state level training for vaccination workers in preparation for the vaccination The executive secretary said that the agency would conduct the training for council and ward vaccination workers before administering the exercise in nine council areas for a start According to him about a year and half ago there was an outbreak of yellow fever in some council areas in the state and government responded quickly and by God s grace it was totally kicked out It didn t resurge again Rising from that we have been planning to make sure that it does not rear its ugly head or re emerge in the state again It was also anticipated that an outbreak is going to happen in the country and without waiting for the sporadic outbreaks to be announced we have already planned that this month there is going to be an outbreak response So we are hoping that it is going to go through all residents of the state by carrying it out in the 17 council areas of the state But we are starting with the first nine states which were carefully selected and mapped out by the agency the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA and other health partners However we are still persuading the NPHCDA and other partners to see that we also involve the remaining eight local governments in quick succession to make it statewide and all encompassing This is our grand proactive design to ensure it does not resurge again in the state he said Ugwu said that the vaccination would be done with that of measles vaccination simultaneously in the state He thanked Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his support for the vaccination and the agency as well as NPHCDA World Health Organisation WHO UNICEF others for their great partnership for the exercise The WHO said that yellow fever was an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes The yellow in the name refers to jaundice that affects some patients The symptoms of yellow fever include fever headache jaundice muscle pain nausea vomiting and fatigue A small proportion of patients who contract the disease develop severe symptoms and approximately half of those die within seven to 10 days NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Enugu Govt. prepares for massive yellow fever vaccination
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    Enugu Govt. prepares for massive yellow fever vaccination

    The Enugu State Government says it is set for a massive yellow fever vaccination as a proactive measure to ensure residents of the state are protected from the reemerging disease.  

    Dr George Ugwu, Executive Secretary of the Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA), told newsmen in Enugu on Tuesday that the state had not recorded any fresh case but had taken far reaching proactive measures.  

    Ugwu said that vaccination would be done before the end of September, as the state was not relenting in its health responsibility even as neighbouring states had recorded some sporadic fresh outbreaks.  

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) via its official website on Sept. 4, had announced 14 deaths in 10 states from suspected cases of yellow fever between January and July.   NCDC said the affected states included Abia (one), Bayelsa (one), Benue (one), Imo (one), Kaduna (one), Katsina (two), Kebbi (one), Taraba (two), Yobe (one) and Zamfara (three).  

    Ugwu said that before now, the state through the ENS-PHCDA, had put its ward and council area disease surveillance officers on alert as well as re-sensitised them to symptoms to watch out for in any suspected case.  

    He said that with a clear cut experience on how contagious and dreaded the spread of the disease can be, the agency had done national and state level training for vaccination workers in preparation for the vaccination.  

    The executive secretary said that the agency would conduct the training for council and ward vaccination workers before administering the exercise in nine council areas for a start.  

    According to him, about a year and half ago, there was an outbreak of yellow fever in some council areas in the state and government responded quickly and by God’s grace, it was totally kicked out.

    It didn’t resurge again.  

    “Rising from that, we have been planning to make sure that it does not rear its ugly head or re-emerge in the state again.  

    “It was also anticipated that an outbreak is going to happen in the country and without waiting for the sporadic outbreaks to be announced, we have already planned that this month, there is going to be an outbreak response.  

    “So, we are hoping that it is going to go through all residents of the state by  carrying it out in the 17 council areas of the state.  

    “But we are starting with the first nine states, which were carefully selected and mapped out by the agency, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and other health partners.  

    “However, we are still persuading the NPHCDA and other partners to see that we also involve the remaining eight local governments in quick succession, to make it statewide and all encompassing.  

    “This is our grand proactive design to ensure it does not resurge again in the state,” he said.  

    Ugwu said that the vaccination would be done with that of measles vaccination simultaneously in the state.  

    He thanked Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his support for the vaccination and the agency as well as NPHCDA, World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, others for their “great partnership” for the exercise.  

    The WHO said that yellow fever was an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

    The “yellow” in the name refers to jaundice that affects some patients.  

    The symptoms of yellow fever include fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.  

    A small proportion of patients who contract the disease develop severe symptoms and approximately half of those die within seven to 10 days.


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  •  The World Health Organization WHO has called on the Federal Government to strengthen routine immunization to protect more than 24 000 babies born daily to receive all vaccines scheduled for the first two years of their lives Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo WHO Country Representative Nigeria made the call at an event to commemorate the 2022 African Vaccination Week AVW in Abuja It was organised by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA The News Agency of Nigeria reports that AVN is an annual event celebrated during the last week of April in synchronisation with other WHO Regions and World Immunization Week WIW The goal of the AVW is to strengthen immunization programmes in the African Region by increasing awareness of the importance of every person s particularly every child and woman need and right to be protected from vaccine preventable diseases The over arching slogan of AVW is Vaccinated Communities Healthy Communities However to commemorate this year s AVW Nigeria hasa adoptedthe theme Long Life for All Vaccinate for Healthy Living Mulombo said that he was aware of the Nigeria Strategy for Routine Immunisation and Primary Health Care Systems Strengthening NSIPSS 2 0 It focuses on drastically reducing the unimmunised in zero dose children by the end of 2024 I want to therefore appreciate the timely introduction of the Immunization Performance Recognition Awards given the symbolic impact it would provide in ensuring that sub national leaderships drove the enabling factors required for high and sustained immunization coverage he said The WHO Rep assured Nigerians of its continued commitment to the agenda of PHC revitalisation immunization systems strengthening and interruption of the cVPDV2 outbreak in the country I am very confident with the strategies adapted and we will continue to sustain eradication of WPV in Nigeria he added The Representative of UNICEF Nigeria Dr Eduardo Blanco UNICEF Nigeria Chief of Health said the hard work perseverance and dedication of the frontline health workers including doctors nurses midwives and volunteers working to provide health and immunization services to Nigerians was astonishing I have seen the hard work efforts commitment and perseverance of health workers at all levels I have witnessed community volunteers working tirelessly in their communities I have seen health workers working 247 to provide services to women and children And I have observed the leadership commitment and sound technical knowledge of NPHCDA and Federal Ministry of Health staff at all levels Blanco said Dr Melissa Freeman Rep USAID Nigeria said as Nigeria celebrated it must not forget to continuously emphasise that vaccines and hand washing remained the most effective public health measures for disease prevention and control Freeman said the country had made progress in improving routine immunization and reaching zero doses and under immunized children It is my earnest hope that we continue making progress until we can globally eliminate more than just smallpox USAID Routine Immunization programmes are implemented across 16 states including humanitarian settings She said the polio programmes provided support since 1998 contributing to the wild polio eradication three years ago At the same time USAID supported routine immunization and global health security efforts to strengthen surveillance and response to newly emerging diseases she said She however said she looked forward to the outcomes of USAID s 33 3 million support for the SCALES 3 0 COVID 19 vaccination acceleration across 36 states and the FCT According to her that would help ensure shots in arms for the U S Government donation of over 48 million doses of COVID 19 vaccine Meanwhile on the sideline of the event the Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria BA N with support from USAID had a soft launch of its newest COVID 19 Social Behaviour Change campaign tagged Follow Who Know Road FWKR At their exhibition stand to commemorate the AWV they distributed some promotional materials such as T shirts Face caps Lapel pins Bumper stickers jotters fliers and danglers and also shared out different SBC materials across all programme areas including Tuberculosis Nutrition Family Planning Malaria In the last three years in spite of the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on the health social and economic wellbeing of Nigerians Nigeria had continued to make significant strides by repositioning itself to deliver high impact and cost effective interventions through its programmes and policies These interventions are deliberately developed and implemented through National Routine Immunization Coordination Centre NERICC National Emergency Maternal and Child Health Intervention Centre NEMCHIC and Community Health Influencers and Promoters Services CHIPS However as these strides are being made towards reducing the high burden of vaccine preventable diseases in the country some gaps remain especially in the areas of demand generation and funding This prompted the need for collaboration and partnership with different stakeholders to complement government efforts The commemoration of 2022 African Vaccination Week is an opportunity for Nigeria to galvanise action in partnership with relevant stakeholders This will draw National and Global attention to the importance of immunization as most cost effective public health intervention for long life and healthy living NewsSourceCredit NAN
    WHO urges FG to strengthen routine immunization to protect 24,000 babies daily
     The World Health Organization WHO has called on the Federal Government to strengthen routine immunization to protect more than 24 000 babies born daily to receive all vaccines scheduled for the first two years of their lives Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo WHO Country Representative Nigeria made the call at an event to commemorate the 2022 African Vaccination Week AVW in Abuja It was organised by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA The News Agency of Nigeria reports that AVN is an annual event celebrated during the last week of April in synchronisation with other WHO Regions and World Immunization Week WIW The goal of the AVW is to strengthen immunization programmes in the African Region by increasing awareness of the importance of every person s particularly every child and woman need and right to be protected from vaccine preventable diseases The over arching slogan of AVW is Vaccinated Communities Healthy Communities However to commemorate this year s AVW Nigeria hasa adoptedthe theme Long Life for All Vaccinate for Healthy Living Mulombo said that he was aware of the Nigeria Strategy for Routine Immunisation and Primary Health Care Systems Strengthening NSIPSS 2 0 It focuses on drastically reducing the unimmunised in zero dose children by the end of 2024 I want to therefore appreciate the timely introduction of the Immunization Performance Recognition Awards given the symbolic impact it would provide in ensuring that sub national leaderships drove the enabling factors required for high and sustained immunization coverage he said The WHO Rep assured Nigerians of its continued commitment to the agenda of PHC revitalisation immunization systems strengthening and interruption of the cVPDV2 outbreak in the country I am very confident with the strategies adapted and we will continue to sustain eradication of WPV in Nigeria he added The Representative of UNICEF Nigeria Dr Eduardo Blanco UNICEF Nigeria Chief of Health said the hard work perseverance and dedication of the frontline health workers including doctors nurses midwives and volunteers working to provide health and immunization services to Nigerians was astonishing I have seen the hard work efforts commitment and perseverance of health workers at all levels I have witnessed community volunteers working tirelessly in their communities I have seen health workers working 247 to provide services to women and children And I have observed the leadership commitment and sound technical knowledge of NPHCDA and Federal Ministry of Health staff at all levels Blanco said Dr Melissa Freeman Rep USAID Nigeria said as Nigeria celebrated it must not forget to continuously emphasise that vaccines and hand washing remained the most effective public health measures for disease prevention and control Freeman said the country had made progress in improving routine immunization and reaching zero doses and under immunized children It is my earnest hope that we continue making progress until we can globally eliminate more than just smallpox USAID Routine Immunization programmes are implemented across 16 states including humanitarian settings She said the polio programmes provided support since 1998 contributing to the wild polio eradication three years ago At the same time USAID supported routine immunization and global health security efforts to strengthen surveillance and response to newly emerging diseases she said She however said she looked forward to the outcomes of USAID s 33 3 million support for the SCALES 3 0 COVID 19 vaccination acceleration across 36 states and the FCT According to her that would help ensure shots in arms for the U S Government donation of over 48 million doses of COVID 19 vaccine Meanwhile on the sideline of the event the Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria BA N with support from USAID had a soft launch of its newest COVID 19 Social Behaviour Change campaign tagged Follow Who Know Road FWKR At their exhibition stand to commemorate the AWV they distributed some promotional materials such as T shirts Face caps Lapel pins Bumper stickers jotters fliers and danglers and also shared out different SBC materials across all programme areas including Tuberculosis Nutrition Family Planning Malaria In the last three years in spite of the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on the health social and economic wellbeing of Nigerians Nigeria had continued to make significant strides by repositioning itself to deliver high impact and cost effective interventions through its programmes and policies These interventions are deliberately developed and implemented through National Routine Immunization Coordination Centre NERICC National Emergency Maternal and Child Health Intervention Centre NEMCHIC and Community Health Influencers and Promoters Services CHIPS However as these strides are being made towards reducing the high burden of vaccine preventable diseases in the country some gaps remain especially in the areas of demand generation and funding This prompted the need for collaboration and partnership with different stakeholders to complement government efforts The commemoration of 2022 African Vaccination Week is an opportunity for Nigeria to galvanise action in partnership with relevant stakeholders This will draw National and Global attention to the importance of immunization as most cost effective public health intervention for long life and healthy living NewsSourceCredit NAN
    WHO urges FG to strengthen routine immunization to protect 24,000 babies daily
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    WHO urges FG to strengthen routine immunization to protect 24,000 babies daily

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on the Federal Government to strengthen routine immunization to protect more than 24,000 babies born daily, to receive all vaccines scheduled for the first two years of their lives.Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, WHO Country Representative, Nigeria, made the call at an event to commemorate the 2022 African Vaccination Week (AVW) in Abuja.It was organised by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).The News Agency of Nigeria reports that AVN is an annual event celebrated during the last week of April in synchronisation with other WHO Regions and World Immunization Week (WIW).The goal of the AVW is to strengthen immunization programmes in the African Region by increasing awareness of the importance of every person’s (particularly every child and woman) need and right to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.The over-arching slogan of AVW is “Vaccinated Communities, Healthy Communities”.However, to commemorate this year’s AVW, Nigeria hasa adoptedthe theme “Long Life for All – Vaccinate for Healthy Living”.Mulombo said that he was aware of the Nigeria Strategy for Routine Immunisation and Primary Health Care Systems Strengthening (NSIPSS) 2.0. It focuses on drastically reducing the unimmunised in zero-dose children by the end of 2024. “I want to therefore appreciate the timely introduction of the Immunization Performance Recognition Awards, given the symbolic impact it would provide in ensuring that sub-national leaderships drove the enabling factors required for high and sustained immunization coverage,” he said.The WHO Rep. assured Nigerians of its continued commitment to the agenda of PHC revitalisation, immunization systems strengthening and interruption of the cVPDV2 outbreak in the country.“I am very confident with the strategies adapted and we will continue to sustain eradication of WPV in Nigeria,” he added.The Representative of UNICEF Nigeria, Dr Eduardo Blanco, UNICEF Nigeria Chief of Health, said the hard work, perseverance and dedication of the frontline health workers, including doctors, nurses, midwives and volunteers working to provide health and immunization services to Nigerians, was astonishing.“I have seen the hard work, efforts, commitment and perseverance of health workers at all levels; I have witnessed community volunteers working tirelessly in their communities.“I have seen health workers working 247 to provide services to women and children And I have observed the leadership, commitment and sound technical knowledge of NPHCDA and Federal Ministry of Health staff at all levels,” Blanco said.Dr Melissa Freeman, Rep. USAID Nigeria, said as Nigeria celebrated, it must not forget to continuously emphasise that vaccines and hand washing remained the most effective public health measures for disease prevention and control.Freeman said the country had made progress in improving routine immunization and reaching zero doses and under-immunized children.“It is my earnest hope that we continue making progress until we can globally eliminate more than just smallpox.“USAID Routine Immunization programmes are implemented across 16 states, including humanitarian settings.She said the polio programmes provided support since 1998, contributing to the wild polio eradication three years ago.“At the same time, USAID supported routine immunization and global health security efforts to strengthen surveillance and response to newly emerging diseases,” she said.She, however, said she looked forward to the outcomes of USAID’s $33.3 million support for the SCALES 3.0 COVID-19 vaccination acceleration across 36 states and the FCT.According to her, that would help ensure shots in arms for the U.S. Government donation of over 48 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.Meanwhile, on the sideline of the event, the  Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria (BA-N), with support from USAID, had a soft launch of its newest COVID-19 Social Behaviour Change campaign tagged “Follow Who Know Road (FWKR)”.At their exhibition stand to commemorate the AWV, they distributed some promotional materials such as T-shirts, Face caps, Lapel pins, Bumper stickers, jotters, fliers, and danglers and also shared out different SBC materials across all programme areas, including Tuberculosis, Nutrition, Family Planning, Malaria.In the last three years, in spite of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health, social and economic wellbeing of Nigerians, Nigeria had continued to make significant strides by repositioning itself to deliver high-impact and cost-effective interventions through its programmes and policies.These interventions are deliberately developed and implemented through National Routine Immunization Coordination Centre (NERICC), National Emergency Maternal and Child Health Intervention Centre (NEMCHIC) and Community Health Influencers and Promoters Services (CHIPS).However, as these strides are being made towards reducing the high burden of vaccine-preventable diseases in the country, some gaps remain, especially in the areas of demand generation and funding.This prompted the need for collaboration and partnership with different stakeholders to complement government efforts.The commemoration of 2022 African Vaccination Week is an opportunity for Nigeria to galvanise action in partnership with relevant stakeholders.This will draw National and Global attention to the importance of immunization as most cost-effective public health intervention for “long life  and healthy living”.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA has recognised and rewarded 15 states of the federation for the implementation of best practices in COVID 19 vaccination and Routine Immunizations The Executive Director NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib explained at the ceremony on Friday in Abuja that the 15 states distinguished themselves with the highest qualities and best practices in providing technical and programmatic support to Nigerians The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the award was organised to commemorate the 2022 African Vaccination Week AVN AVN is an annual event celebrated during the last week of April in synchronisation with other World Health Organization WHO Regions and World Immunization Week WIW He said that It was also a day to physically meet friends and colleagues for mutual reflections and celebration of their collaborative efforts Our history in the last two years has been inundated with the challenges of COVID 19 emergency even as we were battling through to eradicate circulating variant polio virus monkeypox and improve uptake of primary health care services in the country We may not be able to satisfactorily reward those who will be receiving awards today or adequately cover everyone who deserves to be rewarded But we recognize and are sincerely thankful to everyone because we know that no matter how big a tree might be it cannot make a forest alone He said that the agency prides on the progress made as a country in reaching 42 million eligible persons with COVID 19 vaccines as of Friday He added that about 29 6 million of the persons were fully vaccinated while others were either waiting for their due date for the second dose or on the list of those who were hesitant of taking their second dose Of course the struggle continues and it is a matter of sworn trust that we protect the health of our people It is not easy walking through the high impact of misinformation and disinformation and getting people to willingly accept the COVID 19 vaccine To a lesser extent we had some experience with polio immunization but today we have been certified wild polio virus free Even the emergence of the circulating variant poliovirus has been significantly controlled in Nigeria he said He said that the agency set aside a variety of awards for different categories of performances and ensured that the selection criteria were scientific and transparent The selection process was backed by data and was rigorously scrutinized by partners The reward for Hard work is more work Let us continue to remain committed to the cause of ensuring all Nigerians are protected against vaccine preventable diseases he said The NPHCDA boss said the states awarded included Kaduna Adamawa Edo Lagos Ebonyi Benue Jigawa Gombe Cross River Ogun Abia Nasarawa Kano and Yobe The goal of the AVW is to strengthen immunization programmes in the African Region by increasing awareness of the importance of every person particularly every child and woman needs and right to be protected from vaccine preventable diseases It aims at keeping immunization high on the national and regional agendas through advocacy and partnerships and promotes the delivery of other high impact lifesaving interventions The over arching slogan of AVW is Vaccinated Communities Healthy Communities However to commemorate this year s AVW Nigeria adopted the theme Long Life for All Vaccinate for Healthy Living www ng AIR NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NPHCDA explains immunization performance awards to 15 states
     The National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA has recognised and rewarded 15 states of the federation for the implementation of best practices in COVID 19 vaccination and Routine Immunizations The Executive Director NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib explained at the ceremony on Friday in Abuja that the 15 states distinguished themselves with the highest qualities and best practices in providing technical and programmatic support to Nigerians The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the award was organised to commemorate the 2022 African Vaccination Week AVN AVN is an annual event celebrated during the last week of April in synchronisation with other World Health Organization WHO Regions and World Immunization Week WIW He said that It was also a day to physically meet friends and colleagues for mutual reflections and celebration of their collaborative efforts Our history in the last two years has been inundated with the challenges of COVID 19 emergency even as we were battling through to eradicate circulating variant polio virus monkeypox and improve uptake of primary health care services in the country We may not be able to satisfactorily reward those who will be receiving awards today or adequately cover everyone who deserves to be rewarded But we recognize and are sincerely thankful to everyone because we know that no matter how big a tree might be it cannot make a forest alone He said that the agency prides on the progress made as a country in reaching 42 million eligible persons with COVID 19 vaccines as of Friday He added that about 29 6 million of the persons were fully vaccinated while others were either waiting for their due date for the second dose or on the list of those who were hesitant of taking their second dose Of course the struggle continues and it is a matter of sworn trust that we protect the health of our people It is not easy walking through the high impact of misinformation and disinformation and getting people to willingly accept the COVID 19 vaccine To a lesser extent we had some experience with polio immunization but today we have been certified wild polio virus free Even the emergence of the circulating variant poliovirus has been significantly controlled in Nigeria he said He said that the agency set aside a variety of awards for different categories of performances and ensured that the selection criteria were scientific and transparent The selection process was backed by data and was rigorously scrutinized by partners The reward for Hard work is more work Let us continue to remain committed to the cause of ensuring all Nigerians are protected against vaccine preventable diseases he said The NPHCDA boss said the states awarded included Kaduna Adamawa Edo Lagos Ebonyi Benue Jigawa Gombe Cross River Ogun Abia Nasarawa Kano and Yobe The goal of the AVW is to strengthen immunization programmes in the African Region by increasing awareness of the importance of every person particularly every child and woman needs and right to be protected from vaccine preventable diseases It aims at keeping immunization high on the national and regional agendas through advocacy and partnerships and promotes the delivery of other high impact lifesaving interventions The over arching slogan of AVW is Vaccinated Communities Healthy Communities However to commemorate this year s AVW Nigeria adopted the theme Long Life for All Vaccinate for Healthy Living www ng AIR NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NPHCDA explains immunization performance awards to 15 states
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    NPHCDA explains immunization performance awards to 15 states

    The National Primary Health Care Development Agency(NPHCDA), has recognised and rewarded 15 states of the federation for the implementation of best practices in COVID-19 vaccination and Routine Immunizations.

    The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, explained at the ceremony on Friday in Abuja, that the 15 states distinguished themselves with the highest qualities and best practices in providing technical and programmatic support to Nigerians.

    The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the award was organised to commemorate the 2022 African Vaccination Week, (AVN).

    AVN is an annual event celebrated during the last week of April in synchronisation with other World Health Organization (WHO) Regions and World Immunization Week (WIW).  

    He said that It was also a day to physically meet friends and colleagues for mutual reflections and celebration of their collaborative efforts.  

    “Our history in the last two years has been inundated with the challenges of COVID-19 emergency, even as we were battling through to eradicate circulating variant polio virus, monkeypox and improve uptake of primary health care services in the country.  

    “We may not be able to satisfactorily reward those who will be receiving awards today, or adequately cover everyone who deserves to be rewarded.

    “But we recognize and are sincerely thankful to everyone because we know that no matter how big a tree might be, it cannot make a forest alone.

    He said that the agency prides on the progress made as a country in reaching 42 million eligible persons with COVID-19 vaccines as of Friday.

    He added that about 29.6 million of the persons were fully vaccinated, while others were either waiting for their due date for the second dose or on the list of those who were hesitant of taking their second dose.

    “Of course, the struggle continues, and it is a matter of sworn trust that we protect the health of our people.  

    “It is not easy walking through the high-impact of misinformation and disinformation and getting people to willingly accept the COVID-19 vaccine.

    “To a lesser extent, we had some experience with polio immunization, but today we have been certified wild polio virus-free!

    Even the emergence of the circulating variant poliovirus has been significantly controlled in Nigeria,” he said.  

    He said that the agency set aside a variety of awards for different categories of performances and ensured that the selection criteria were scientific and transparent.

    “The selection process was backed by data and was rigorously scrutinized by partners.

    “The reward for Hard work is more work.

    Let us continue to remain committed to the cause of ensuring all Nigerians are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases,” he said.

    The NPHCDA boss said the states awarded included Kaduna, Adamawa, Edo, Lagos, Ebonyi, Benue, Jigawa, Gombe, Cross River, Ogun, Abia, Nasarawa, Kano and Yobe. The goal of the AVW is to strengthen immunization programmes in the African Region by increasing awareness of the importance of every person (particularly every child and woman), needs and right to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

    It aims at keeping immunization high on the national and regional agendas through advocacy and partnerships and promotes the delivery of other high-impact lifesaving interventions.

    The over-arching slogan of AVW is “Vaccinated Communities, Healthy Communities” However, to commemorate this year’s AVW, Nigeria adopted the theme “Long Life for All – Vaccinate for Healthy Living”.

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  •  The Ooni of Ife Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II on Thursday said Nigeria recorded monumental success by achieving a wild polio free country after three years of no recorded case Speaking at a celebratory event on Thursday in Abuja Ogunwusi said that the eradication of polio in the country highlighted that public trust remained a key factor for a successful eradication programme The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA also commemorated the 2022 African Vaccination Week The Global Polio Eradication Initiative joins Nigeria and the global community in celebrating a historic global health milestone three years have passed since Nigeria s last case of wild polio Oba Ogunwusi in his address thanked all stakeholders involved in the fight against polio for their relentless efforts While celebrating the efforts of the NPHCDA Executive Director Dr Faisal Shuaib he urged all to believe in the country insisting that there is going to be light at the end of the tunnel But we ve proven several times that indeed we can achieve quite a lot of giant strides Look at what happened during the COVID 19 pandemic and how everybody rallied round this country Behold all the stakeholders from the private sector to the public sector all rose to the occasion standing for hours giving out information creating awareness back and forth and today our country is being celebrated for that he said The Sultan of Sokoto His Eminence Sa ad Abubakar III said that government and its partners should remain committed to improving the health and well being of Nigerians especially vulnerable populations His Eminence who was represented by the Chairman of the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Primary Health Care Delivery NTLC and Emir of Argungu Alhaji Samaila Mera pledged the continuous support of Traditional and Religious leaders towards the achievement of immunisation in the country The Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire commended the efforts of government and development partners who made huge investments and sacrifices to sustain and maintain the wild polio virus free status It is a great honour and privilege to be part of this third anniversary of wild poliovirus eradication in the country Today we are commemorating this indeed very significant day and the progress we have made in the country after several decades of efforts to eradicate the virus which has crippled many of our children This day did not come easy as government and development partners made huge investments and sacrifices over the years The day may have come too late for those who have been paralysed and those frontline health workers who paid the supreme price for the triumph of eradicating the disease he said Ehanire who was represented by Director Family Health FMoH Dr Salma Kolo said that for the millions of children who were prevented from the crippling effects of wild polio virus These sacrifices would not go in vain and therefore the significance of commemorating this day According to him the past three years have been a mixed bag of events for the country as the impact of COVID 19 affected the health system Also the emerging security challenges in some parts of the country poses a challenge to the onslaught of the re emerging Variants of the Polio Viruses cVPV2 which are remnants in the environment as a result of suboptimal environmental sanitation This can potentially be virulent and affect children who have not been enrolled in the Routine Immunisation system The minister said that the ministry has directed and guided the NPHCDA to mount the needed response to deal with these viruses within an integrated framework to address other public health challenges including the ongoing COVID 19 vaccination in the country Earlier Shuaib said with recent cases of wild polio virus reported in two African countries namely Mozambique and Malawi the agency had stepped up its surveillance to make sure that there was no silent transmission that could take place He said that the country s polio eradication effort indicated that strict surveillance was vital in ensuring that overlooked vulnerable communities were identified He said that independent surveillance by key stakeholders and interested parties did not only ensure an effective intervention strategy but also encouraged support from politicians and private public partnerships The NPHCDA boss said that the country was able to eradicate polio with support from religious and traditional leaders Public Health experts who spoke to NAN on the sidelines of the event said that It was wise to acknowledge that the need to maintain vigilance for any potential resurgence of wild poliovirus was still paramount They said though the country s journey to wild polio free status has not been easy it has however taught us some lessons that would place the country in a favourable position to combat future disease control and eradication efforts such as the current COVID 19 pandemic They however called on healthcare providers to be armed with verified and up to date information that would enable them to counter arguments against vaccines especially vaccine distrust and hesitancy promoted by religious leaders misinformation and personal opinion The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nigeria celebrated three years of being polo virus free The virus when it infects can lead to paralysis limb deformities breathing problems and even death Poliovirus resides only in humans and passes on to the environment in the faeces of an infected person Nigeria is the latest country to have officially stopped endemic transmission of wild poliovirus with its last reported case in 2016 Wild poliovirus has been eradicated in all continents except Asia and as of 2020 Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries where the disease is still classified as endemic NAN recalled that recent polio cases arise from two sources the original wild poliovirus WPV and the much more prevalent mutated oral vaccine strains the so called circulating vaccine derived poliovirus cVDPV Vaccines against each of the three wild strains of polio have given rise to strains of cVDPV with cVDPV2 being the most prominent cVDPV caused 689 reported paralytic polio cases worldwide in 2021 There were six reported WPV cases in 2021 a decrease from 2019 s 5 year high a 99 2 per cent reduction from the 719 diagnosed cases in 2000 and a 99 998 per cent reduction from the estimated 350 000 cases when the eradication effort began in 1988 Of the three strains of WPV the last recorded wild case caused by type 2 WPV2 was in 1999 and WPV2 was declared eradicated in 2015 Type three WPV3 is last known to have caused polio in 2012 and was declared eradicated in 2019 All wild virus cases since that date have been due to type 1 WPV1 www ng AIR NewsSourceCredit NAN
    3 years after wild Polio eradication: Nigeria recorded monumental success —says Ooni
     The Ooni of Ife Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II on Thursday said Nigeria recorded monumental success by achieving a wild polio free country after three years of no recorded case Speaking at a celebratory event on Thursday in Abuja Ogunwusi said that the eradication of polio in the country highlighted that public trust remained a key factor for a successful eradication programme The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA also commemorated the 2022 African Vaccination Week The Global Polio Eradication Initiative joins Nigeria and the global community in celebrating a historic global health milestone three years have passed since Nigeria s last case of wild polio Oba Ogunwusi in his address thanked all stakeholders involved in the fight against polio for their relentless efforts While celebrating the efforts of the NPHCDA Executive Director Dr Faisal Shuaib he urged all to believe in the country insisting that there is going to be light at the end of the tunnel But we ve proven several times that indeed we can achieve quite a lot of giant strides Look at what happened during the COVID 19 pandemic and how everybody rallied round this country Behold all the stakeholders from the private sector to the public sector all rose to the occasion standing for hours giving out information creating awareness back and forth and today our country is being celebrated for that he said The Sultan of Sokoto His Eminence Sa ad Abubakar III said that government and its partners should remain committed to improving the health and well being of Nigerians especially vulnerable populations His Eminence who was represented by the Chairman of the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Primary Health Care Delivery NTLC and Emir of Argungu Alhaji Samaila Mera pledged the continuous support of Traditional and Religious leaders towards the achievement of immunisation in the country The Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire commended the efforts of government and development partners who made huge investments and sacrifices to sustain and maintain the wild polio virus free status It is a great honour and privilege to be part of this third anniversary of wild poliovirus eradication in the country Today we are commemorating this indeed very significant day and the progress we have made in the country after several decades of efforts to eradicate the virus which has crippled many of our children This day did not come easy as government and development partners made huge investments and sacrifices over the years The day may have come too late for those who have been paralysed and those frontline health workers who paid the supreme price for the triumph of eradicating the disease he said Ehanire who was represented by Director Family Health FMoH Dr Salma Kolo said that for the millions of children who were prevented from the crippling effects of wild polio virus These sacrifices would not go in vain and therefore the significance of commemorating this day According to him the past three years have been a mixed bag of events for the country as the impact of COVID 19 affected the health system Also the emerging security challenges in some parts of the country poses a challenge to the onslaught of the re emerging Variants of the Polio Viruses cVPV2 which are remnants in the environment as a result of suboptimal environmental sanitation This can potentially be virulent and affect children who have not been enrolled in the Routine Immunisation system The minister said that the ministry has directed and guided the NPHCDA to mount the needed response to deal with these viruses within an integrated framework to address other public health challenges including the ongoing COVID 19 vaccination in the country Earlier Shuaib said with recent cases of wild polio virus reported in two African countries namely Mozambique and Malawi the agency had stepped up its surveillance to make sure that there was no silent transmission that could take place He said that the country s polio eradication effort indicated that strict surveillance was vital in ensuring that overlooked vulnerable communities were identified He said that independent surveillance by key stakeholders and interested parties did not only ensure an effective intervention strategy but also encouraged support from politicians and private public partnerships The NPHCDA boss said that the country was able to eradicate polio with support from religious and traditional leaders Public Health experts who spoke to NAN on the sidelines of the event said that It was wise to acknowledge that the need to maintain vigilance for any potential resurgence of wild poliovirus was still paramount They said though the country s journey to wild polio free status has not been easy it has however taught us some lessons that would place the country in a favourable position to combat future disease control and eradication efforts such as the current COVID 19 pandemic They however called on healthcare providers to be armed with verified and up to date information that would enable them to counter arguments against vaccines especially vaccine distrust and hesitancy promoted by religious leaders misinformation and personal opinion The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nigeria celebrated three years of being polo virus free The virus when it infects can lead to paralysis limb deformities breathing problems and even death Poliovirus resides only in humans and passes on to the environment in the faeces of an infected person Nigeria is the latest country to have officially stopped endemic transmission of wild poliovirus with its last reported case in 2016 Wild poliovirus has been eradicated in all continents except Asia and as of 2020 Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries where the disease is still classified as endemic NAN recalled that recent polio cases arise from two sources the original wild poliovirus WPV and the much more prevalent mutated oral vaccine strains the so called circulating vaccine derived poliovirus cVDPV Vaccines against each of the three wild strains of polio have given rise to strains of cVDPV with cVDPV2 being the most prominent cVDPV caused 689 reported paralytic polio cases worldwide in 2021 There were six reported WPV cases in 2021 a decrease from 2019 s 5 year high a 99 2 per cent reduction from the 719 diagnosed cases in 2000 and a 99 998 per cent reduction from the estimated 350 000 cases when the eradication effort began in 1988 Of the three strains of WPV the last recorded wild case caused by type 2 WPV2 was in 1999 and WPV2 was declared eradicated in 2015 Type three WPV3 is last known to have caused polio in 2012 and was declared eradicated in 2019 All wild virus cases since that date have been due to type 1 WPV1 www ng AIR NewsSourceCredit NAN
    3 years after wild Polio eradication: Nigeria recorded monumental success —says Ooni
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    3 years after wild Polio eradication: Nigeria recorded monumental success —says Ooni

    The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, on Thursday  said , Nigeria recorded monumental success by achieving a “wild polio-free country” after three years of no recorded case.

    Speaking at a celebratory event on Thursday in Abuja, Ogunwusi said that the eradication of polio in the country highlighted that public trust remained a key factor for a successful eradication programme.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), also commemorated the 2022 African Vaccination Week. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative joins Nigeria and the global community in celebrating a historic global health milestone, three years have passed since Nigeria’s last case of wild polio.

    Oba Ogunwusi in his address thanked all stakeholders involved in the fight against polio for their relentless efforts. 

    While celebrating the efforts of the NPHCDA Executive Director, Dr Faisal Shuaib, he urged all to believe in the country, insisting that there is going to be light at the end of the tunnel.

    “But we’ve proven several times that indeed, we can achieve quite a lot of giant strides.

    Look at what happened during the COVID-19 pandemic and how everybody rallied round this country.

    “Behold, all the stakeholders from the private sector to the public sector, all rose to the occasion standing for hours, giving out information, creating awareness back and forth, and today our country is being  celebrated for that,” he said.

    The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Sa’ad Abubakar III, said that government and its partners should remain committed to improving the health and well-being of Nigerians, especially vulnerable populations.

    His Eminence, who was represented by the Chairman of the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Primary Health Care Delivery (NTLC), and Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Mera, pledged the continuous support of Traditional and Religious leaders towards the achievement of immunisation in the country.

    The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, commended the efforts of government and development partners, who made huge investments and sacrifices to sustain and maintain the wild polio virus free status.

    “It is a great honour and privilege to be part of this third anniversary of wild poliovirus eradication in the country.

    “Today we are commemorating this indeed very significant day and the progress we have made in the country after several decades of efforts to eradicate the virus, which has crippled many of our children.

    “This day did not come easy as government and development partners made huge investments and sacrifices over the years.

    The day may have come too late for those who have been paralysed and those frontline health workers , who paid the supreme price for the triumph of eradicating the disease,” he said.

    Ehanire, who was represented by Director Family Health, FMoH, Dr Salma Kolo, said that for the millions of children who were prevented from the crippling effects of wild  polio virus.

    “These sacrifices would not go in vain and therefore, the significance of commemorating this day.

    According to him, the past three years have been a mixed bag of events for the country as the impact of COVID-19 affected the health system, “Also the emerging security challenges in some parts of the country poses a challenge to the onslaught of the re-emerging Variants of the Polio Viruses (cVPV2), which are remnants in the environment as a result of suboptimal environmental sanitation.

    “This can potentially be virulent and affect children who have not been enrolled in the Routine Immunisation system.

    The minister said that the ministry has directed and guided the NPHCDA to mount the needed response to deal with these viruses within an integrated framework, to address other public health challenges including the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination in the country.

    Earlier,  Shuaib said with recent cases of wild polio virus reported in two African countries namely, Mozambique and Malawi, the agency had stepped up its surveillance to make sure that there was no silent transmission that could take place.

    He said that the country’s polio eradication effort indicated that strict surveillance was vital in ensuring that overlooked vulnerable communities were identified.

    He said that independent surveillance by key stakeholders and interested parties did not only ensure an effective intervention strategy but also encouraged support from politicians and private-public partnerships.

    The NPHCDA boss said that the country was able to eradicate polio with support from religious and traditional leaders.

    Public Health experts, who spoke to NAN on the sidelines of the event, said that It was wise to acknowledge that the need to maintain vigilance for any potential resurgence of wild poliovirus was still paramount.

    They said though the country’s journey to wild polio-free status has not been easy, it has however, taught us some lessons that would place the country in a favourable position to combat future disease control and eradication efforts such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.

    They, however, called on healthcare providers to be armed with verified and up-to-date information that would enable them to counter arguments against vaccines, especially vaccine distrust and hesitancy promoted by religious leaders, misinformation, and personal opinion.

    The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that Nigeria celebrated three years of being polo virus free.

    The virus when it infects can lead to paralysis, limb deformities, breathing problems and even death.

    Poliovirus resides only in humans and passes on to the environment in the faeces of an infected person. 

    Nigeria is the latest country to have officially stopped endemic transmission of wild poliovirus, with its last reported case in 2016. Wild poliovirus has been eradicated in all continents except Asia, and as of 2020, Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries where the disease is still classified as endemic.

    NAN recalled that recent polio cases arise from two sources, the original wild poliovirus (WPV), and the much more prevalent mutated oral vaccine strains, the so-called circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV).

    Vaccines against each of the three wild strains of polio have given rise to strains of cVDPV, with cVDPV2 being the most prominent.

    cVDPV caused 689 reported paralytic polio cases worldwide in 2021. There were six reported WPV cases in 2021, a decrease from 2019’s 5-year high, a 99.2 per cent reduction from the 719 diagnosed cases in 2000 and a 99.998 per cent reduction from the estimated 350,000 cases, when the eradication effort began in 1988. Of the three strains of WPV, the last recorded wild case caused by type 2 (WPV2) was in 1999, and WPV2 was declared eradicated in 2015. Type three (WPV3) is last known to have caused polio in 2012 and was declared eradicated in 2019. All wild-virus cases since that date have been due to type 1 (WPV1). 

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  •  The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has commended all frontline health workers over the success recorded in routine immunisation It also urged Nigerians to get COVID 19 vaccine to protect themselves and the country The NLC President Mr Ayuba Wabba made the commendation on Thursday in Abuja at the Sensitisation of Non Health Stakeholders and Non Professionals on the Importance of Immunisation and other Primary Health Care PHC Services The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was organised by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA to commemorate the 2022 African Vaccination Week AVW Wabba who stated the feat achieved in routine immunisation in the country said it had reduced the prevalence of the virus He therefore called on all health workers and the leadership of NPHCDA not to leave any Nigerian behind in their efforts to eradicate the vaccine preventable disease Wabba said COVID 19 was not given chance to spread widely in the country with their tireless efforts to ensure that Nigerians were protected from the scourge of the pandemic He also called on Nigerians to make themselves and their loved ones available for immunisation against all vaccine preventable diseases Wabba said that the collaboration of relevant stakeholders with the government would go a long way in strengthening the health system in the country In his opening remarks the Director for Disease Control and Immunisation NPHCDA Dr Bassey Okposen urged mothers to present their children for immunisation against preventable diseases and other health issues affecting children Okposen who assured safety and efficacy of immunisation said that the agency was poised to serve Nigerians on vaccine preventable diseases While debunking the myths of COVID 19 vaccines he disclosed that about 63 million doses of the vaccines had been administered in the country He added that there was no record of death or any adverse illness such as madness as speculated by rumour mongers If anyone asks you to pay for the vaccine report to the authorities because it is free COVID 19 is not finished in Nigeria It still kills as over 3000 people had died in the country from the virus The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC had also recorded a spike in cases in the past four weeks almost a whopping 400 000 cases weekly he disclosed He also reminded Nigerians that the RotaVirus vaccine was introduced and mothers should avail their children of immunisation across all PHCs in the country and it was free Okposen who said the vaccine would prevent diarrhea added that mothers and wards could take their children at six weeks 10 weeks and 14 weeks A representative of UNICEF Nigeria Ms Carina Henriette Prakke said that the first vaccine was made in 1979 for smallpox and it was not until 200 years later that smallpox was completely eradicated Prakke said that the first polio vaccine was discovered in 1952 but was eradicated in Nigeria 70 years later and this was achieved because Nigerians collaborated She added that while the vaccine was good it was not 100 per cent as the malaria vaccine provided a 50 per cent shield from the illness Prakke encouraged Nigerians to ask questions find confidence in the vaccine and ensure that children were safe and prevented from diseases Mrs Chika Offor the founder of the Vaccine Network for Disease Control VNDC said her organisation would continue to promote awareness and the benefits of vaccination services that saved lives and prevent disabilities Offor said vaccines for both old and young were available She said that there were Vaccine Schedules at all PHCs across the country and the nation could attain better immunisation coverage if only Nigerians made themselves available NAN reports that every year World Health Organisation WHO marks AVW in conjunction with World Immunisation Week The week provides the opportunity to showcase the importance of vaccines and how they provide protection for both young and old against more than 25 vaccine preventable diseases This year s theme is Long Life for All highlights the life saving potential of vaccines for everyone everywhere Yet in Africa tens of millions of people were still missing out on some or all their scheduled immunisations against diseases that had long been eradicated by vaccines More than a year into the COVID 19 global vaccine rollout Africa was benefiting from the speedy efficient development of vaccines to curb the virus There are currently 10 COVID 19 vaccines available through the COVAX Facility with more in the research and development pipeline Over 480 million COVID 19 vaccines had been administered in Africa to date making it the biggest vaccine rollout in the history of the continent Only 18 7 per cent of the African population was fully vaccinated lagging behind the global average of 58 per cent www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    COVID-19: NLC salutes frontline workers, urges Nigerians to vaccinate
     The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has commended all frontline health workers over the success recorded in routine immunisation It also urged Nigerians to get COVID 19 vaccine to protect themselves and the country The NLC President Mr Ayuba Wabba made the commendation on Thursday in Abuja at the Sensitisation of Non Health Stakeholders and Non Professionals on the Importance of Immunisation and other Primary Health Care PHC Services The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was organised by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA to commemorate the 2022 African Vaccination Week AVW Wabba who stated the feat achieved in routine immunisation in the country said it had reduced the prevalence of the virus He therefore called on all health workers and the leadership of NPHCDA not to leave any Nigerian behind in their efforts to eradicate the vaccine preventable disease Wabba said COVID 19 was not given chance to spread widely in the country with their tireless efforts to ensure that Nigerians were protected from the scourge of the pandemic He also called on Nigerians to make themselves and their loved ones available for immunisation against all vaccine preventable diseases Wabba said that the collaboration of relevant stakeholders with the government would go a long way in strengthening the health system in the country In his opening remarks the Director for Disease Control and Immunisation NPHCDA Dr Bassey Okposen urged mothers to present their children for immunisation against preventable diseases and other health issues affecting children Okposen who assured safety and efficacy of immunisation said that the agency was poised to serve Nigerians on vaccine preventable diseases While debunking the myths of COVID 19 vaccines he disclosed that about 63 million doses of the vaccines had been administered in the country He added that there was no record of death or any adverse illness such as madness as speculated by rumour mongers If anyone asks you to pay for the vaccine report to the authorities because it is free COVID 19 is not finished in Nigeria It still kills as over 3000 people had died in the country from the virus The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC had also recorded a spike in cases in the past four weeks almost a whopping 400 000 cases weekly he disclosed He also reminded Nigerians that the RotaVirus vaccine was introduced and mothers should avail their children of immunisation across all PHCs in the country and it was free Okposen who said the vaccine would prevent diarrhea added that mothers and wards could take their children at six weeks 10 weeks and 14 weeks A representative of UNICEF Nigeria Ms Carina Henriette Prakke said that the first vaccine was made in 1979 for smallpox and it was not until 200 years later that smallpox was completely eradicated Prakke said that the first polio vaccine was discovered in 1952 but was eradicated in Nigeria 70 years later and this was achieved because Nigerians collaborated She added that while the vaccine was good it was not 100 per cent as the malaria vaccine provided a 50 per cent shield from the illness Prakke encouraged Nigerians to ask questions find confidence in the vaccine and ensure that children were safe and prevented from diseases Mrs Chika Offor the founder of the Vaccine Network for Disease Control VNDC said her organisation would continue to promote awareness and the benefits of vaccination services that saved lives and prevent disabilities Offor said vaccines for both old and young were available She said that there were Vaccine Schedules at all PHCs across the country and the nation could attain better immunisation coverage if only Nigerians made themselves available NAN reports that every year World Health Organisation WHO marks AVW in conjunction with World Immunisation Week The week provides the opportunity to showcase the importance of vaccines and how they provide protection for both young and old against more than 25 vaccine preventable diseases This year s theme is Long Life for All highlights the life saving potential of vaccines for everyone everywhere Yet in Africa tens of millions of people were still missing out on some or all their scheduled immunisations against diseases that had long been eradicated by vaccines More than a year into the COVID 19 global vaccine rollout Africa was benefiting from the speedy efficient development of vaccines to curb the virus There are currently 10 COVID 19 vaccines available through the COVAX Facility with more in the research and development pipeline Over 480 million COVID 19 vaccines had been administered in Africa to date making it the biggest vaccine rollout in the history of the continent Only 18 7 per cent of the African population was fully vaccinated lagging behind the global average of 58 per cent www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    COVID-19: NLC salutes frontline workers, urges Nigerians to vaccinate
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    COVID-19: NLC salutes frontline workers, urges Nigerians to vaccinate

    The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has commended all frontline health workers over the success recorded in routine immunisation.

    It also urged Nigerians to get COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and the country.

    The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, made the commendation on Thursday in Abuja, at the Sensitisation of Non-Health Stakeholders and Non-Professionals on the Importance of Immunisation and other Primary Health Care (PHC), Services.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was organised by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), to commemorate the 2022 African Vaccination Week (AVW).

    Wabba, who stated the feat achieved in routine immunisation in the country, said it had reduced the prevalence of the virus.

    He, therefore, called on all health workers and the leadership of NPHCDA not to leave any Nigerian behind in their efforts to eradicate the vaccine-preventable disease.

    Wabba said, ”COVID-19 was not given chance to spread widely in the country, with their tireless efforts to ensure that Nigerians were protected from the scourge of the pandemic.

    ” He also called on Nigerians to make themselves and their loved ones available for immunisation against all vaccine-preventable diseases.

    Wabba said that the collaboration of relevant stakeholders with the government would go a long way in strengthening the health system in the country.

    In his opening remarks, the Director for Disease Control and Immunisation, NPHCDA, Dr Bassey Okposen, urged mothers to present their children for immunisation against preventable diseases and other health issues affecting children.

    Okposen, who assured safety and efficacy of immunisation, said that the agency was poised to serve Nigerians on vaccine preventable diseases.

    While debunking the myths of COVID-19 vaccines, he disclosed that about 63 million doses of the vaccines had been administered in the country.

    He added that there was no record of death or any adverse illness such as madness as speculated by rumour mongers.

    “If anyone asks you to pay for the vaccine, report to the authorities because it is free.

    COVID-19 is not finished in Nigeria.

    “It still kills as over 3000 people had died in the country from the virus.

    “The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had also recorded a spike in cases in the past four weeks; almost a whopping 400,000 cases weekly,” he disclosed.

    He also reminded Nigerians that the RotaVirus vaccine was introduced and mothers should avail their children of immunisation across all PHCs in the country and it was free.

    Okposen, who said the vaccine would prevent diarrhea, added that mothers and wards could take their children at six weeks, 10 weeks and 14 weeks.

    A representative of UNICEF, Nigeria, Ms Carina Henriette Prakke, said that the first vaccine was made in 1979 for smallpox and it was not until 200 years later that smallpox was completely eradicated.

    Prakke said that the first polio vaccine was discovered in 1952, but ”was eradicated in Nigeria 70 years later and this was achieved because Nigerians collaborated.

    ” She added that while the vaccine was good, it was not 100 per cent as the malaria vaccine provided a 50 per cent shield from the illness.

    Prakke encouraged Nigerians to ask questions, find confidence in the vaccine and ensure that children were safe and prevented from diseases.

    Mrs Chika Offor, the founder of the Vaccine Network for Disease Control (VNDC), said her organisation would continue to promote awareness and the benefits of vaccination services that saved lives and prevent disabilities.

    Offor said vaccines for both old and young were available.

    She said that there were Vaccine Schedules at all PHCs across the country and the nation could attain better immunisation coverage, ”if only Nigerians made themselves available.

    ” NAN reports that every year, World Health Organisation (WHO), marks AVW, in conjunction with World Immunisation Week. The week provides the opportunity to showcase the importance of vaccines and how they provide protection for both young and old, against more than 25 vaccine-preventable diseases.

    This year’s theme is: “Long Life for All”, highlights the life-saving potential of vaccines for everyone, everywhere.

    ” Yet, in Africa, tens of millions of people were still missing out on some, or all, their scheduled immunisations against diseases that had long been eradicated by vaccines.

    More than a year into the COVID-19 global vaccine rollout, Africa was benefiting from the speedy, efficient development of vaccines to curb the virus.

    There are currently 10 COVID-19 vaccines available through the COVAX Facility, with more in the research and development pipeline.

    Over 480 million COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in Africa to date, making it the biggest vaccine rollout in the history of the continent.

    Only 18.7 per cent of the African population was fully vaccinated, lagging behind the global average of 58 per cent.

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  •  Mrs Hanifa Hamza the Kwara Coordinator National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA has assured Nigerians of enough vaccines against COVID 19 pandemic Hamza stated this on Wednesday at a stakeholders training organised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC National Agency for the Control of AIDs NACA and the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC in Ilorin The programme was organised to scale up awareness campaign on why more Nigerians have to get vaccinated as the virus was still in existence Hamza spoke on the topic Preventive Measures Overview of COVID 19 vaccination in Nigeria The NPHCDA coordinator explained that the virus was real and still around adding that since many people are not tested it is difficult to say it has gone We need to know our status as well as protect ourselves she said According to her I am a survivor of COVID 19 infection hence the need for Nigerians to adequately protect themselves through test and vaccination She reiterated that the vaccine was available in medical centres and not harmful and advised participants to spread the news and not the virus Hamza stated that the agency has the mandate to help Kwara Government to vaccinate 70 per cent of her population between August and October adding that this will ensure adequate protection and stronger immunity COVID 19 transmission is crazy Please don t relax it has come to stay like catarr or malaria take precautions don t joke with your hands sanitiser vitamin C and eat balanced diet regularly use your nose and booster dose she advised Mrs Jessica Akinrongbe the Senior Emergency Response Officer NCDC Abuja noted that Nigerians especially men below age 60 have to take precautionary measures and prepare to attack the viral infection In her paper presentation entitled Overview of COVID 19 Epidemiology Akinrongbe stated that COVID 19 is airborne disease and it is difficult to control According to her men are highly prone to contact the virus than women and that other people who have one ailment such as diabetes pneumonia and the likes are also vulnerable She said that people have to get tested routinely and not until when they become sick before going for test Akinrongbe reaffirmed that COVID 19 still persist even though not as severe as before and urged people to protect themselves against virus and prepare to maintain good health NewsSourceCredit NAN
    COVID-19: NPHCDA assures Nigerians of enough vaccines
     Mrs Hanifa Hamza the Kwara Coordinator National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA has assured Nigerians of enough vaccines against COVID 19 pandemic Hamza stated this on Wednesday at a stakeholders training organised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC National Agency for the Control of AIDs NACA and the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC in Ilorin The programme was organised to scale up awareness campaign on why more Nigerians have to get vaccinated as the virus was still in existence Hamza spoke on the topic Preventive Measures Overview of COVID 19 vaccination in Nigeria The NPHCDA coordinator explained that the virus was real and still around adding that since many people are not tested it is difficult to say it has gone We need to know our status as well as protect ourselves she said According to her I am a survivor of COVID 19 infection hence the need for Nigerians to adequately protect themselves through test and vaccination She reiterated that the vaccine was available in medical centres and not harmful and advised participants to spread the news and not the virus Hamza stated that the agency has the mandate to help Kwara Government to vaccinate 70 per cent of her population between August and October adding that this will ensure adequate protection and stronger immunity COVID 19 transmission is crazy Please don t relax it has come to stay like catarr or malaria take precautions don t joke with your hands sanitiser vitamin C and eat balanced diet regularly use your nose and booster dose she advised Mrs Jessica Akinrongbe the Senior Emergency Response Officer NCDC Abuja noted that Nigerians especially men below age 60 have to take precautionary measures and prepare to attack the viral infection In her paper presentation entitled Overview of COVID 19 Epidemiology Akinrongbe stated that COVID 19 is airborne disease and it is difficult to control According to her men are highly prone to contact the virus than women and that other people who have one ailment such as diabetes pneumonia and the likes are also vulnerable She said that people have to get tested routinely and not until when they become sick before going for test Akinrongbe reaffirmed that COVID 19 still persist even though not as severe as before and urged people to protect themselves against virus and prepare to maintain good health NewsSourceCredit NAN
    COVID-19: NPHCDA assures Nigerians of enough vaccines
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    COVID-19: NPHCDA assures Nigerians of enough vaccines

    Mrs Hanifa Hamza, the Kwara Coordinator,  National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), has assured Nigerians of enough vaccines against COVID-19 pandemic.

    Hamza stated this on Wednesday at a stakeholders’ training organised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), National Agency for the Control of AIDs (NACA) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), in Ilorin.

    The programme was organised to scale up awareness campaign on why more Nigerians have to get vaccinated as the virus was still in existence.

    Hamza spoke on the topic: “Preventive Measures: Overview of COVID-19 vaccination in Nigeria”.

    The NPHCDA coordinator explained that the virus was real and still around, adding that since many people are not tested, it is difficult to say it has gone.

    ”We need to know our status as well as protect ourselves,” she said.

    According to her, I am a survivor of COVID-19 infection, hence the need for Nigerians to adequately protect themselves through test and vaccination.

    She reiterated that the vaccine was available in medical centres and not harmful, and advised participants to spread the news and not the virus.

    Hamza stated that the agency has the mandate to help Kwara Government to vaccinate 70 per cent of her population between August and October, adding that this will ensure adequate protection and stronger immunity.

    “COVID-19 transmission is crazy.

    Please don’t relax, it has come to stay like catarr or malaria; take precautions, don’t joke with your hands sanitiser, vitamin C and eat balanced diet regularly, use your nose and booster dose,” she advised.

    Mrs Jessica Akinrongbe, the Senior Emergency Response Officer, NCDC Abuja, noted that Nigerians, especially men below age 60, have to take precautionary measures and prepare to attack the viral infection.

    In her paper presentation entitled: “Overview of COVID-19 Epidemiology”, Akinrongbe stated that COVID-19 is airborne disease and it is difficult to control.

    According to her, men are highly prone to contact the virus than women, and that other people who have one ailment such as diabetes, pneumonia and the likes are also vulnerable.

    She said that people have to get tested routinely and not until when they become sick before going for test.

    Akinrongbe reaffirmed that COVID-19 still persist even though not as severe as before, and urged people to protect themselves against virus and prepare to maintain good health.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN