The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Union (EU) on 70 million Euro support to Revamp Nigeria’s health sector.
According to the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, the fund will be used to strengthen the nation’s already weak health system and eradicate polio.
The Head of the European Union Delegation to Nigeria, Michel Arrion emphasised the need to concentrate on reducing the nation’s burden of maternal child mortality.
The Taraba government on Friday rounded off the polio outbreak response campaign with five successful rounds of immunisation for under-five children.
Gov. Darius Ishaku, who inaugurated the final round at Lankaviri near Jalingo, expressed satisfaction that the last four rounds of the exercise recorded 100 per cent success in the 168 council wards of the state.
The governor said the campaign was imperative given the nearness of Borno which recorded new cases of wild polio virus recently.
Two years after Nigerian militant group Boko Haram attacked his hometown of Gwoza – killing men and burning down houses – Ali Bello feared the worst when he received a panicked message from his wife.
The rickshaw driver – who works in the nearby town of Mubi in northeast Nigeria – raced home to find that their five-year-old son had been rushed to hospital after falling severely ill.
“When they told me the boy had polio, I did not believe it,” Bello told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.
A Community Based Association in Buji Local Government Area of Jigawa has urged the State Government to provide cold rooms for storing Oral Polio Vaccines (OPVs) in the area.
The Chairman of the group, Wards Development Association (WDA), Malam Sunusi Shehu, made the call when members of the association visited the state Executive Secretary, Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA), Dr Kabir Ibrahim, on Friday in Dutse.
The lives of over 7.2 million Nigerian Children are on the line as the Minister of Finance withholds the release of N12.8bn approved for routine immunization, five months after the President’s accent to the 2016 budget.
This was revealed during a CSO/Media training by Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR) with support from the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH).
According to the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), routine immunization protects the lives of Nigerian children from vaccine preventable diseases and death.
By 'Yemi Oluwadare
The Rotary International Polio Ambassador to Nigeria, Sir EmekaOffor has urged Rotarians in the country not to relent in the fight against Poliovirus.
Sir Offor who spoke at an event organised by Rotary District 9140 to celebrate the World Polio Day in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, charged the rotarians to “stay vigilant in the fight against polio,” insisting that the disease must be defeated.