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Severely Malnourished Children in Borno State Benefit From WHO-Supported Stabilization Centre

15 March 2017

Assessing Umars nutrition status Maiduguri, 15 March 2017 - An estimated 400,000 children in the northeast, Nigeria are currently suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) because of the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Severe acute malnutrition is a life threatening condition requiring urgent treatment. Without proper treatment, one in every five of those children -75, 000 could die.

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Vaccination campaigns changing lives of Nigerian women

08 March 2017

One of the numerous female vaccinators in Kaduna state Abuja, 08 March 2017 - Over the years, the Polio Eradication Initiative has been a vehicle for the empowerment of Nigerian women economically and socially. In recent times, this positive development has gained more impact with the timely and direct disbursement of funds for payment of vaccination personnel allowances down to grassroots level.

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Borno State Reports First Lassa Fever Outbreak in 48 Years

03 March 2017

Healthcare workers in personal protective garbs provided by WHO Maiduguri, 03 March 2017 - Borno state in northeast Nigeria has recorded its first Lassa fever outbreak in almost five decades. The last confirmed outbreak of the deadly disease was in 1969. WHO is supporting the government to contain the outbreak in an area of the country which is already coping with a humanitarian crisis resulting from years of conflict.

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Kano State Governor restates commitment to polio eradication and other child survival interventions

01 March 2017

Kano State Governor restates commitment to polio eradication and other child survival interventions Kano, 01 March, 2017 - Kano State Governor, His Excellency Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has expressed commitment   to deploy significant resources towards sustaining gains of polio eradication and supporting other child survival interventions during discussions with the World Health Organization Country Representative (WR), Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu on 28 February 2017.

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National Primary Health Care Development Agency Implements 4-Prong Agenda

27 February 2017

Dr Shuaib (right) speaking while Dr Alemu takes notes Abuja, 27 February 2017 - The newly appointed Executive Director (ED) of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, has informed the World Health Organization Country Representative (WR), Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu, that the agency will implement a 4-point priority agenda towards reversing Nigeria’s poor health indicators and achieving positive outcomes. He noted that as Nigeria’s most important partner in the health sector, WHO’s contributions will be invaluable.

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About 17 million people are affected by crisis in the Lake Chad Basin

24 February 2017

About 17 million people are affected by crisis in the Lake Chad Basin 23 February 2017 – Years of violent conflict have deprived millions of people in north-eastern Nigeria, northern Cameroon, western Chad and south-east Niger of even the most basic health care services. Malnutrition is widespread and in the 3 worst-affected states of Nigeria nearly 6 million men, women, children and infants urgently need health assistance. WHO is working with the Nigerian Ministry of Health and partners to reach those in need with lifesaving health care.

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Lagos State Unveils First Operational Plan for Viral Hepatitis

24 February 2017

Dr Eniola Erinosho (2nd left) and some participants at the workshop in Lagos Lagos, 24 February 2017 - The Lagos State Ministry of Health is now a trailblazer in efforts to curb transmission of viral hepatitis. It achieved the feat by developing the first time Operational Plan for the control of viral hepatitis in the State.  This came on the heels of the adoption of the 2016 National Council on Health resolution that calls for the establishment of state-specific Viral Hepatitis Control Programmes in the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory.

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WHO teams assist people in hard-to-reach areas of Nigeria

20 February 2017

WHO teams assist people in hard-to-reach areas of Nigeria Medical teams supported by WHO set up mobile clinics in hard to access areas of north-eastern Nigeria. The teams are called “hard-to-reach” teams (HTR) because their mission is to reach remote and insecure areas to provide urgently needed care to populations deprived of essential health services. The 8-year conflict has caused widespread forced displacement and acute food and nutrition insecurity. Large areas of Borno state, the most-affected state, remain inaccessible to humanitarian assistance.

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