Nigeria Press Material

Chibok: WHO facilitates revitalization of the health system of a ravished community

24 May 2016

Health camp for treating minor ailments in Chibok, Borno State Maiduguri, 24 May 2015 - The abduction of the Chibok school girls of Borno State in April 2014 brought the erstwhile quiet community into international limelight while at the same time creating a major health deficit in the lives of the people. The attack left the community ransacked, with all of the 18 health facilities in the Local Government Area (LGA) devastated and incapable of providing the most basic healthcare services. Health workers abandoned their posts for fear of attacks,…


Canada sustains its funding support for polio and routine immunization in Nigeria.

16 May 2016

A child receiving oral polio vaccine during immunization campaign in Kano State Abuja, 16 May, 2016 – Today, the Government of Canada, through the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced a contribution of $19.9 million towards the eradication of polio in Nigeria. The grant, which will be implemented during the period 2016/17 – 2020 by the World Health Organisation (WHO), is expected to sustain the polio eradication gains through strengthened routine immunization (RI). The project will help immunize approximately 6.6 million girls and 6.9 million boys against polio…


State surveillance teams get orientation on certification standard documentation for polio eradication

11 May 2016

Participants with the IM, Dr. Etsano and Dr Fiona Braka Abuja, 10 May 2016 - Having interrupted the transmission of indigenous wild poliovirus in 2015 and put in place measures to further improve and sustain certification standard surveillance; Nigeria has now embarked on efforts towards ensuring adequate documentation of surveillance and immunization activities towards certification.


African Vaccination Week ends in Nigeria with calls on Government to improve immunization and surveillance activities in security compromised areas and international borders.

09 May 2016

Abuja, 09 May 2016 - The African Vaccination Week (AVW) ended in Nigeria with World Health Organization (WHO) calling on the Federal and State Governments to improve immunization and surveillance activities in conflict affected areas of the North East and at international borders. This call was made by the WHO Country Representative (WR) Dr Rui Gama Vaz at the official launch of the AVW in Abuja.


WHO Country Representative Meets Rivers State Governor-makes case for strengthening health systems.

28 April 2016

His Excellency, Governor Nyesome Wike (Right) and the WR, Dr Rui Gama Vaz Port Harcourt, 28 April 2016 - The World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative (WR), Dr Rui Gama Vaz is in Rivers state to meet with His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike and engage the political leadership in strengthening health systems and for the attainment of   the Organization’s reform agenda.


Displaced persons: WHO empowers health workers on maternal and child survival techniques

25 April 2016

Training on promotion of key MNCH household and community practices Abuja, 25 April 2016 - Given the dire need for quality and sustainable health care in the IDP camps and hosting communities for children under five years, the Federal and State Ministries of Health, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (SPHCDA) and partners including the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed to build capacity of community resource persons living in the IDPs camps and host communities, with the support from USAID/Nigeria grant. 


African Vaccination Week: Government teams up with journalists for universal coverage.

25 April 2016

The ED of NPHCDA(right) addressing journalists on 2016 AVW while WR (3rd left) and other dignitaries listen Abuja, 25 April 2016 - The Federal government of Nigeria has officially launched the sixth edition of the African Vaccination Week (AVW) to further establish the political will on universal vaccination coverage and raise awareness on the importance of vaccination in reducing child mortality.


Unprecedented support pervades as Nigeria officially “switch” to bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine

22 April 2016

Retrieved tOPV vials waiting for boil and bury in Abia Abuja, 22 April 2016 - Nigeria has successfully conducted the ‘switch’ from using trivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (tOPV) to bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (bOPV) in the routine immunization programme. The switch is pursuant to the end game strategy following the global certification of eradication of Type 2 polio virus in 2015.