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Cholera Outbreak: Nigeria To Receive 9M Doses Of Oral Vaccine

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has on Monday said Nigeria is expected to receive about nine million doses of Oral Cholera Vaccines (OCV). This was disclosed by the WHO country representative, Walter Mulombo, during the opening ceremony of the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC) training on OCV requests and campaign planning in Abuja. According to Mulombo, the training organized by the WHO is aimed at integrating the OCV into the emergency and preventive measures of cholera in Nigeria.

Lassa Fever Kills 34 In Ondo

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Ondo State government has informed that a total of 34 persons have died of Lassa Fever in the state from January to date. Prof. Francis Faduyile, Special Adviser to the state governor on Health, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Akure on Sunday.

About 4.16 Million Girls, Women Are At Risk Of Genital Mutilation - UNICEF

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The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund, (UNICEF), has informed that about 4.16 million girls and women are at risk of genital mutilation even as two million cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) would be recorded by 2030 as a result of COVID-19 disruptions globally. The officer in charge, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, UNICEF Field Office, Enugu State, Mrs. Maureen Zubie Okolo, made the disclosure on Friday during a one-day zonal media dialogue in collaboration with Broadcasting Corporation of Abia State (BCA) Umuahia. Themed ‘Accelerated Investment to End Female Genital Mutilation’.

To Improve Quality Of Life, We Must Revise Population Policy - PMB

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President Muhammadu Buhari, during the inauguration of the National Council on Population Management (NCPM), has urged the country to control its population so as to improve the quality of life and standards of living among citizens. Therefore, launched the Revised National Policy on Population for Sustainable Development. President Buhari warned that Nigeria, despite having Africa’s largest population in Africa and seventh (7th) globally, is still growing and most of its population are within the fertility stage, youthful with over 72% of below the age of 30.

Bukola and Toyin Saraki

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has has appointed the founder of The Well-being Foundation Africa (WBFA) and wife of former Senate President Bukola Saraki as Ambassador for Global Health. Her appointment was disclosed in a statement issued by the WHO Foundation, an independent grant-making entity created by the World Health Organization in 2020 aimed at supporting the Organization’s efforts to address the most pressing global health challenges.

WHO Predicts End To COVID-19 In 2022

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The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Ghebreyesus has expressed optimism that the COVID-19 pandemic will end in 2022. Ghebreyesus said this at a press briefing on Wednesday, noting that the pandemic emerged on Christmas Eve of 2019, recording 1.8 million deaths in 2020 and 3.5 million in 2021 with millions of people dealing with long-term consequences from the virus. He described the consequences of the recent increase rate of the Omicron and Delta variant at the same time as "a tsunami of cases".

JUST IN: NCDC Warn Nigerians On Possible Diphtheria Out-Break

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The Nigerian Centre For Disease Control and Prevention has put Nigerians on alert over the possible outbreak of Diphtheria. There were cases reported in Lagos and Kano States. Continuous monitoring of the situation by NCDC in Osun and Yobe States is sustained and new cases are now being picked up.

FG Secures Borders Over Outbreak Of Bird Flu In Neighboring Countries

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The Federal Government via its Federal Director of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Dr. Maimuna Abdullahi Habib on 5th January 2023 has revealed that it has tightened its border over the movement of birds into the country, following an outbreak of the popular influenza virus (bird flu) that affects birds in Niger Republic, hence the commencement of bird vaccination in the country. Maimuna also noted that the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar would be meeting with stakeholders in the poultry industry to ensure measures are put in place to avert the menace of this bird disease.

FG: Compulsory COVID-19 Test Not Required For Travelers

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The Federal Government (FG) has announced that COVID-19 tests would no longer be required for travelers regardless of vaccination status. This was made known in a letter addressed to airline operators signed by Musa Nuhu, the Director-General (DG) of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Monkeypox: WHO Renames Disease

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that monkeypox will now be known as ‘mpox’, following concerns raised by individuals and countries over the racist and stigmatizing language associated with naming the disease monkeypox. The organization said both names will be used simultaneously together for one year while monkeypox is phased out. This was disclosed in a statement issued by WHO on Monday, which stated that global experts were consulted before the new name was decided upon.

Teplizumab: US Approves New Drug That Delays Type 1 Diabetes Progression

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A new kind of therapy that could slow down the start of type 1 diabetes in children by up to three years has been approved for use in the US. The treatment, called Teplizumab, works by partially blocking the immune system’s attack on insulin-making cells in the pancreas and is believed to be the first to postpone the start of any autoimmune condition. It is most likely to pave the way for approval decisions in other countries of the world.

Mismanagement Of Diabetes Causing Early Deaths - Obasanjo

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Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Sunday, blamed lack of education in managing diabetes for the reason many patients die untimely. Obasanjo spoke, during a novelty match between All-Stars FC, Abeokuta and the ex-Super Eagles, organized by the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, as part of activities marking this year’s World Diabetes Day. Obasanjo, who has been living with diabetes for over 40 years, stressed that the disease is incurable, but it can be managed.

COVID-19- FG To Tighten Surveillance In International Airports

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The Federal Government has revealed plans on stepping up its surveillance and all health protocols at all international airports in the country, in response to the increase in the spread of the novel virus COVID-19. In the quest of curtailing the spread of the virus, a revisit to the relaxed scientific approach will be needed, by creating awareness and involving the public with increasing vaccination, hence travelers will now fill out health forms, in addition to temperature checks. The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire made this known while speaking at the 17th Edition of the PMB Administration Scorecard on 10th January 2023.

Monkeypox: WHO Set To Rename Virus Over Discrimination

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it is collaborating with its partners on renaming the monkeypox virus and its variants. The announcement was made on Tuesday by the Director-General (DG) of WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus who stated that the new name would be announced as soon as possible. Last week, more than 30 international scientists signed a document that called for the renaming of the monkeypox virus because “a continued reference to, and nomenclature of this virus being African is not only inaccurate but is also discriminatory and stigmatizing”.

Buhari Departs Nigeria For UK

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President Muhammadu Buhari has finally departed for the United Kingdom for his two-week medical vacation days after returning from the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) 50th anniversary, Nairobi, Kenya. The president is expected to undergo his routine medical check-up.

AfDB To Invest $3 Billion In Africa's COVID-19 Vaccine Production

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) has said it will invest $3 billion to support Africa's vaccine manufacturing capacity. Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB President said this during at the 35th African Union Summit on Saturday in Adis Ababa, Ethiopia, explaining that the funds will ensure Africans get greater access to quality healthcare.

FG Launches HIV Self-Testing, Pre-Exposure Communication Strategy

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The Federal Government has launched a National HIV self-testing (HIVST) and Pre-Exposure (PrEP) communication strategy. The Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Gambo Aliyu disclosed this, saying the national HIVST and PrEP communication strategy are approved tools in the HIV combination prevention package for people with a substantial risk of HIV infection.

Nigeria Now In Fourth Wave Of COVID-19 – NCDC

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has on Tuesday announced that Nigeria is currently experiencing a fourth wave of the COVID-19, following the recent surge of confirmed cases in the country. The Director-General, NCDC, Dr. Ifeday Adetifa made the announcement in a statement on Monday, saying the development was sequel to the 500 percent increase in COVID-19 cases recorded in the past two weeks.