Nigeria Press Material

Polio Eradication Expert Review Committee warns of a hard road to the finish line.

11 February 2016

Dr Salla Mbaya presenting the immediate recommendations of the 31st  ERC Abuja, 11 February, 2015 - The 31st session of the Expert Review Committee (ERC) on Polio Eradication and Routine immunization (ERC), warns that the perception of a “job done” coupled with risks of waning political commitment and accountability at each level, funding gaps and delays, access to children in North-East and pockets of low population immunity, could be bottlenecks to achieving certification in 2017.


Minister assures Nigerians that Lassa fever outbreak is under control but tasks citizenry to be vigilant on Zika virus

11 February 2016

Professor Adebowole giving updates on the Lassa fever outbrak and preparedness against Zika virus Abuja, 11 February, 2016 - The Honourable   Minister of Health, Professor Isaac  Adewole, has assured the citizenry during a press briefing in Abuja on 11 February, 2016 that the “current outbreak of the Lassa fever is under control as evidenced by decline in new suspected cases, new laboratory confirmed cases and newly reported cases by week”.


Journalists join fight against Lassa fever in security compromised North eastern Nigeria

03 February 2016

JAP members sensitizing traders in Bauchi Central Market, Bauchi State Abuja, 02 February, 2016 - As part of ongoing efforts to contain the spread of Lassa fever, the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Journalists’ Initiative Against Polio (JAP), has taken the campaign on personal and environmental hygiene to both urban and rural communities in the North East Zone (NEZ) with emphasis on infected states of Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba.


Traditional leaders intensify community sensitization as National Council on Health pledges support for early containment of Lassa fever outbreak

22 January 2016

 Emir of Argungu speaking on behalf of the traditional instituion Abuja, 22 January 2016 - Traditional leaders from 19 Northern states have resolved to intensify community sensitization efforts in their respective domains and bring to an end, the Lassa fever outbreak, which as of 20 January 2015, recorded a total of 239 suspected cases and 44 confirmed cases, with 82 deaths from both confirmed and suspected cases in 17 states as well as  the Federal Capital Territory.


Bill Gates applauds WHO for establishing environmental surveillance in Nigeria

22 January 2016

Dr Idowu (right) explaining the rationale for  environmental surveillance to Mr Gates while Alhaji Dangote listened Kaduna, Nigeria 22 January 2016 - The Co-Chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Bill Gates has applauded the World Health Organization for the support to the Nigeria Government in establishing environmental surveillance and building sustainable institutional capacity needed to ensure that there is no undetected circulation of the wild polio virus (WPV).


Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria: Federal Ministry of Health restates commitment to halt the epidemic

15 January 2016

Honourable Minister of Health briefing Niger state Commissioner of Health on 14 January, 2015 after a field visit Abuja, 15 January, 2016 -- Lassa fever, which is endemic in Nigeria, has between late December 2015 and January 14, 2016 resulted in 53 deaths in 10 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).  Lassa fever outbreak is a yearly occurrence during the dry season in Nigeria but, this year’s outbreak is more widespread with 10 states, 140 suspected and 30 confirmed cases. The case fatality rate (CFR) is significantly high at 53 or 37.9% of all cases. The outbreak…


Nigeria Signs agreement with Germany to end polio in the country.

21 December 2015

Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassdor Bulus Lolo exchanging signed documents with German KfW representative Dr Marga Kowalewski while WR representative Dr Rex Mapzanje (on the left) looks on Abuja 21 December 2015: The Federal Government of Nigeria has signed an agreement with the German Government to spend 10 Million Euros (€10,000,000) to improve and sustain gains made in polio eradication in the country. The ceremony was conducted in Abuja on 21 December, 2015.


Induction programme for newly recruited staff ends in Abuja.

10 December 2015

Group photo with the WR Abuja, 10 December 2015 - The induction programmed for newly recruited staff into the World Health Organization, Nigeria Country office, a new WHO African Region (AFRO) initiative in furtherance of the   transformation agenda, has been successfully concluded. The 2-day intensive course was held in Abuja on 8 and 9 December with 19 participants drawn from across the country.