Nigeria Press Material

States in the North East intensify preparation for Outbreak Response Campaign

26 August 2016

Sensitisation meeting with community members at the District head’s palace, Gwoza LGA  in Borno state 26 August 2016 - As the preparations for the August outbreak response (OBR) to the detection of two (2) wild polio viruses in Borno State intensify, the five (5) implementing states of Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe, in collaboration WHO and other partners have commenced the implementation of strategic activities to ensure quality campaign and increased access to children in trapped and susceptible populations living in the region.


External Experts Commend the Strong Surveillance Structure for detecting Outbreaks in Nigeria

25 August 2016

 Team Lead for surveillance assessment, Dr Arshad Quddus during field visit in Borno Abuja 25 August 2016 - An international team for surveillance and outbreak response assessment lauds the government of Nigeria for establishing a strong surveillance system in the country. The team made this known at the presentation of their findings to the National polio Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) after 10 days of comprehensive review of the surveillance structure. The head of the assessment mission, Dr Arshad Quddus from WHO headquarters in Geneva, described the exercise as successful while commending Nigeria for…


WHO scales up response to humanitarian crisis in Nigeria

22 August 2016

WHO scales up response to humanitarian crisis in Nigeria 22 August 2016 – A WHO emergency health team has arrived in Maiduguri city, north-eastern Nigeria, to assess and respond to the health needs of 800 000 people in the area. WHO and partners will work with local officials to urgently reduce the rates of death and disease caused by malnutrition, disease outbreaks, and a long-term lack of access to basic health services. Read the news release More about the crisis in Nigeria


Hukumar Lafiya Ta Duniya ta fada aikin jinkai a yankunan da a ke fama da masu tayar da kayar baya a yankin arewa masu gabas na Najeriya

22 August 2016

Kananan hukumomi 15 daga cikin wadanda a ka kwato daga hannun ‘yan tada kayar baya na cikin mawuyacin hali na bukatar kulawa da lafiya Sanarwar manema labarai22 ga Agusta 2016 | GENEVA – A Tawagar jami’an Hukumar lafiya ta Duniya (WHO) na gaggawa ya isa Birnin Maiduguri ranar 19 ga watan Agusta na 2016 domin tantance yanayin bukatun kula da lafiya na jama’a kusan 800,000 da ke yankunan gabashin Najeriya wadanda suka kasance da a hannun ‘yan tayar da kayar…


Commissioner for Health commends WHO for deploying surveillance review team to Borno State.

18 August 2016

Dr Sule Meleh briefing the external surveilance review team at Borno Polio EOC Maiduguri, 18 August 2016 - The Commissioner for Health, Dr Haruna Mshelia has applauded the World Health Organization (WHO) for deploying an international surveillance and outbreak response (OBR) review team to Borno State. The team which is headed by Dr Arshad Quddus from WHO Headquarters in Geneva plans to assess the sensitivity of the surveillance system in the state and the quality of the OBR conducted for the last circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus (cVDPV) case reported from the state…


Nigeria declares polio outbreak as a national public health emergency.

18 August 2016

(L-R) Dr Rex Mpazanje of WHO, Dr Osagie Ehanire,  Minister of State for Health and Professor Adewole at the press briefing Abuja, 18 August 2016 - The Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has declared the recent polio outbreak as a national public health emergency following the  report of two (2) wild polio virus (WPV) cases in Gwoza and Jere local government areas (LGAs) of Borno state last week after two (2) years without a single case.


Borno leaves no stone unturned as outbreak response to polio virus commences

17 August 2016

WHO personnel  vaccinating a child in Gwoza Maiduguri, 17 August, 2016 - Immediate outbreak response (OBR) to recently detected wild polio viruses (WPV) in Borno State commenced on 15 August, 2016 with vaccination of children below five years of age in the two (2)  affected local government areas (LGAs) of Jere, Gwoza and three (3) surrounding LGAs of  Mafa, Maiduguri Municipal Council (MMC) and Bama.


External team begins assessment of surveillance system in Nigeria.

16 August 2016

Briefing at EOC Abuja, 16 August, 2016 - An external surveillance team is in Nigeria to assess the sensitivity of the acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance system. The assessment team will work at the national level and selected states of Borno, Kaduna, Kano and Sokoto from 15 to 25 August, 2016. The team further intends to determine the potential source or reservoir of the recently detected wild polio viruses in Nigeria.