Nigeria Press Material

Nigeria Flags off National Measles Campaign - targeting over 39 million children for vaccination

23 November 2015

Professor Isaac Florunsho Adewole vaccinating a child to flag-off the 2015 Measles campaign Abuja, 23 November, 2015: Nigeria has launched the 2015 Measles campaign in Abuja, targeting the vaccination of 39 million children between 9 and 59 months of age across the country. The two-phase follow-up campaign is scheduled to be implemented in the 19 states of the North and the Federal Capital Territory from 21-23 November 2015, while 28 January-1 February 2016 are the dates reserved for the southern states. The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Florunsho Adewole who performed the symbolic ceremony,…


WHO warns climate change to threaten human health in Nigeria

16 November 2015

Abuja, 16 November 2015: Climate change is threatening to worsen health problems in Nigeria, the World Health Organization warns in a new Climate and Health Country Profile 2015, published today.  Increased temperatures, intense heatwaves, more extreme rainfall and  floods are expected to intensify existing challenges of communicable diseases, food insecurity and poverty, if action is not taken. 


Endgame strategy: WHO positions field staff to leverage on interruption of wild polio virus towards certification in 2017.

14 November 2015

 Group picture with the Akwa Ibom State Commisioner for Health (7th Right) Abuja, 14 November, 2015: The recent removal of Nigeria from the list of polio endemic countries notwithstanding, the Immunization, Vaccines and Emergencies (IVE) cluster of the World Health Organization (WHO) is re-strategizing for the final push to eradicate polio in Nigeria. In its latest strategy, the cluster plans to leverage on the recorded gains in interruption of WPV towards certification in 2017. Pursuant to the goal of achieving certification and sustain high population immunity, the IVE cluster has concluded two (2)…


WHO formally announces removal of Nigeria from polio-endemic list

26 October 2015

Dr Moeti handing over the official communication from the WHO DG to President Buahri Abuja, 26 October 2015 – Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) formally removes Nigeria from the list of polio-endemic countries. The announcement comes after the historic achievement of the country in interrupting the transmission of wild poliovirus for a period of 15 months, which exceeds WHO’s target for interruption. Only 2 countries (Afghanistan and Pakistan) remain polio-endemic, down from more than 125 in 1988. To recognize this landmark achievement, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, attended an…


North central states of Nigeria boost population immunity along nomadic routes

16 October 2015

Nomads traversing through Jos, Plateau state Abuja, 16 October 2015 - The World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the government, has recently intensified its efforts to reach the most marginalised, hard-to-reach and nomadic communities of the North Central region of the country. Following the adoption of a blueprint, states of Nasarawa, Niger and Plateau are working assiduously to provide the required health interventions to pastoral nomadic populations in their respective states with a view to boost population immunity and improve disease surveillance. Difficulties have been…


Country Representative consolidates on polio eradication gains, meets stakeholders

29 September 2015

Dr Rui Vaz speaking to JAP Kaduna, 29 September 2015 - With Nigeria at a defining moment of polio eradication, the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative (WR), Dr Rui Gama Vaz has embarked on townhall meetings with major stakeholders to consolidate on gains recorded.


Government says WHO remains instrumental to achieving milestones as administrative review meeting opens in Kaduna.

29 September 2015

Group photo with Professor  Jonathan Nok (centre), Dr Rui Vaz (6th  from right) Kaduna, Nigeria  29 September, 2015 - The Kaduna State government in North West Nigeria has disclosed that the series of productive consultations and technical support received from the World Health Organization (WHO) remain  the basis for improving access to basic health care, including strengthening health systems and achievement of milestones in the country.


Cholera Outbreak - Borno State Commissioner for Health applauds WHO for coordinating early response

24 September 2015

WHO  staff  treating a case at a temporary isolation  camp in Maiduguri Maiduguri, 24 September, 2015 - The Borno State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia has commended the World Health Organization for coordinating early response to the cholera outbreak reported in the internally displaced persons’ (IDPs) camps in Maiduguri the state capital during the 37th  epidemiological week.