Nigeria Press Material

Two years without polio - Nigeria celebrates with cautious optimism.

25 July 2016

Eligible child receiving oral polio vaccine in Abuja Abuja, 23 July 2016 - Nigeria has been polio-free for two (2) years since the country’s removal from the list of polio-endemic countries on 25 September 2015 by the World Health Organization (WHO). This is the longest period Nigeria has ever gone without a case of wild poliovirus (WPV) and the closest the country, has ever been to ending polio. This important milestone leaves the global community cautiously optimistic that ending polio in Nigeria, and the whole African region, is within reach.


Nigeria commissions WHO-accredited National Polio laboratory in Maiduguri, Borno State

15 July 2016

Structure of the commissioned  National polio lab Maiduguri, 15 July, 2016 - A WHO-accredited Polio laboratory with the capacity to handle 15,000 stool samples per year within the polio eradication initiative from 10 states in the north of the country has been commissioned at the University of Maiduguri Teaching hospital (UMTH) on 14 July, 2016.


President Buhari and WHO Regional Director agree on the need to increase domestic funding for health

13 July 2016

President Buhari of Nigeria welcoming the WHO RD, Dr Moeti to the State House in Abuja Abuja, 13 July 2016 - His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari has agreed with Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director (RD) for Africa, on the need for increasing domestic funding for health in Nigeria.


Ministers assure WHO Regional Director that health is a key priority for Nigeria

12 July 2016

Dr Moeti speaking with Nigeria's Minister for Budget & Planning Abuja, 12 July 2016 - Nigeria’s Minister of Budget and Planning and his counterpart in the Ministry of Finance on 11 July, 2016 in Abuja, separately assured the visiting WHO Regional Director (RD) for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, that health remains a key priority of government.Both ministers gave the RD their commitments towards increasing federal budgetary allocation for the health sector in 2017 in order to help the sector implement government's priority of revitalizing primary health care (PHC) and putting…


WHO Regional Director promises to support Nigeria on primary health care revitalization

11 July 2016

Dr Matshidiso Moeti speaking at the Federal Ministry of Health Abuja, 11 July, 2016 - Today in Abuja, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says Nigeria’s vision of providing primary health care (PHC) and ensuring equity in accessing health services by all Nigerians aligns perfectly with the goals of the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr Moeti who was speaking during a meeting with the Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole and other high-ranking officials and heads of agencies under the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) at…


Nigeria aligns national protocol to WHO ‘Treat All’ guidelines on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment

28 June 2016

(L-R) Prof Carles Uwakwe(, Prof Suliaman Akanmu,  Dr Evelyn Ngige, Dr Bilali Camara,  Dr Dorothy Mboringacha, Dr Meg Doherty; Dr Rex Mpazanje, and Prof Shittu. Abuja, 28 June, 2016 - Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has prompted the National AIDS and STIs Control Program (NASCP) of Nigeria to quickly adapt the World Health Organization (WHO) 2016 ‘treat all’ guidelines. The Minister gave the directive during a 3-day meeting in Abuja which ended on 25 June, 2016. The kernel of the adaptation aims to quickly align the country’s protocols to WHO revised standards towards the 2020 global targets.


Experts recommend strategic shift in Nigeria’s polio eradication programmme.

23 June 2016

(L-R) Dr Michel  Zaffran, Dr Banye, Professor Hogan Etam, Dr Ado Muhammad and ERC chairman, Professor Oyewole Tomori.bmp Abuja, 23 June 2016 - Experts that periodically review Nigeria’s immunization programme have recommended a strategic programmatic shift that will entail strengthening of the routine immunization (RI) programme, closing of surveillance gaps and reduction in the intensity of supplemental immunization campaigns to be implemented in Nigeria forthwith, as the country moves towards polio certification.


Nigeria develops new National Health Policy to accommodate emerging trends

22 June 2016

(L-R) Dr Shamaki, Professor Lambo and Dr Vaz at the stakeholders meeting in Abuja Abuja, 22 June 2016 - Finalization of the National Health Policy revised for the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UCH) and other health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has ended in Abuja.