The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun Area 1 Command, has called on the general public to avoid the consumption of smuggled frozen poultry products due to health implications from experts. The command’s Comptroller, Mr James Ojo, gave the warning during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) today in Ota, Ogun state.

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) have pledged to intensify efforts to combat growing malnutrition and polio in Nigeria. At a meeting in Lagos, the collaboration was reinforced by Diamond Award for Media Excellence (DAME), as the three organisations vowed to leverage their expertise and influence to protect children. UNICEF’s Nutrition Manager, Prosper Dakurah, noted the need for states to provide counterpart funding to access Child Nutrition Fund (CNF). This fund is crucial in the fight against malnutrition, which threatens approximately nine million children under five years in Nigeria. “Without urgent action in 2024, UNICEF estimates approximately nine million children under five years will suffer from moderate and acute malnutrition,” Dakurah warned. CNF is a financing mechanism to support sustainable policies, programmes and supplies to end child wasting. It is tailored to assist government-led efforts in countries with highest rates of child malnutrition. Dakurah noted while some states: Katsina, Jigawa and Plateau have committed funding: Adamawa, Ebonyi and Gombe are yet to do so. He urged these states to expedite their contributions, emphasising UNICEF would match any state’s counterpart fund. “You pay one dollar, you get additional dollar from CNF,” he said.

The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has sealed 46 facilities in 10 states of the federation for various forms of environmental violations. According to a statement signed by Assistant Director, Press, Amaka Ejiofor, the enforcement exercise was carried out in Borno, Gombe, Ogun, Enugu, Edo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Nasarawa and Taraba States. The facilities were shut down for refusing to comply with the provisions of the National Environmental Regulations. The offences include Violation of the Environmental Impact Assessment Act, lack of an Environmental Audit Report, and failure to develop and implement an Environmental Management Plan.

The Federal government has warned that the increasing level of flooding and continuous rainfall may worsen the spread of cholera in the country. The Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof Joseph Terlumum stated this while addressing a press conference on Thursday. According to him, a total of 63 deaths and 2,102 suspected cases have already been recorded as of Wednesday, July 3 2024 since the outbreak of the epidemic. This was in reaction to the flash flood caused by the incessant rainfalls experienced throughout the states and the nation’s capital, Abuja. Terlumum said the flood incidents recorded so far were flash/urban floods, resulting from high rainfall intensities of long and poor blocked drainage systems in the urban areas.

House of reps member, James Faleke representing (Ikeja Federal Constituency) has called on Nigerian government to deploy same level of energy they handled COVID-19 pandemic to tackle cholera outbreak in some parts of the country that is becoming pandemic. Mr Faleke made the call today during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

The Pharmacy Council of Nigeria, PCN, has shut down 531 medicine outlets in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for operating without registration, poor documentation, and stocking of ethical products without the supervision of a pharmacist. The Director of Enforcement, Stephen Esumobi, disclosed this to journalists in Abuja on Friday, noted that the council is working towards the use of technology to make drugs easily accessible to patients.