Nigeria Press Material

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.


Eligible children get last drops of tOPV to close immunity gaps in southern states.

20 April 2016

High risk LGAs in southern states targeted for SIAD, April 2016 Abuja, 20 April 2016 - Indications are rife that the immunity gaps identified in 70 local government areas (LGAs) located in 11 southern states of Nigeria will soon be reduced. The optimism follows the implementation of Short Interval Additional Doses (SIAD) strategy in the affected states which culminated in the vaccination of over six (6) million children with the last batch of trivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (tOPV) on the eve of the global switch to bivalent OPV.


World Health Day-Nigeria drums up media support towards speedy prevention and control of diabetes.

07 April 2016

Minister of Health (right) Permanent Secretary, FMOH (middle) and WR (left0 at the 2016 WHD event Abuja, 07 April 2016 - Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir David Lawal 2016 has set in motion, the machinery for extensive mass media campaign during a Press conference to create awareness on the rising cases of the diabetes in line with 2016 World Health Day (WHD) focus “to beat diabetes” on 07 April, 2016.


Stakeholders in the North East leverage on improved accessibility to provide integrated health services.

24 March 2016

Adamawa State Deputy Governor reading the TOR at the inaugural meeting of the TFI Maiduguri, 23 March 2016 - The Governors of the three (3) security compromised states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe in the north east zone have reaffirmed their commitment to building resilience towards certification of  polio eradication in 2017 and beyond, through conscious efforts of strengthening routine immunization (RI) and investing more resources towards  the delivery of primary healthcare.  Their renewed resolve was informed by improved accessibility to hitherto security compromised areas and contained in messages delivered by the respective Deputy Governors during…


Nigeria marks World Tuberculosis Day with a clarion call to “Unite to End TB”

24 March 2016

The Minister of Health (2nd right), WR (2nd left) and other dignitaries at the 2016 World TB Day in Abuja Abuja, 24 March 2016 - Nigeria joins the rest of the world to celebrate the World Tuberculosis Day on 24 March 2016. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Unite to End TB” in consonance with the global focus to sensitize governments and stakeholders on the huge gap of undetected tuberculosis (TB) cases globally. The overriding objective aims to encourage programmes to implement active case finding activities “to find and treat” missing cases of the disease.