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Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib, NPHCDA DG
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Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib, NPHCDA DG

The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, has explained why Nigeria cannot produce COVID-19 vaccines or other vaccines. Mr Shuaib, while speaking at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Monday, said the process of producing a vaccine requires massive investment that has not been done for many decades. “There are questions around why Nigeria is not producing COVID-19 vaccines. I want to put on record that the process of producing a vaccine is very complex and complicated. It requires massive investment that has not been done for many decades,” he said. Mr Faisal noted that Nigeria used to produce vaccines in its first few decades after independence in 1960, a process which, he said, suffered a set...
COVID-19 Vaccine Sharing Formula For Nigeria
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COVID-19 Vaccine Sharing Formula For Nigeria

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has released the details of how the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine doses will be distributed across states. This was disclosed during a webinar organised by NHPCDA tagged “Sensitisation Meeting with Media Gatekeepers on COVID-19 Vaccine Introduction”. Faisal Shuaib, executive director of the NPHCDA, had said the country will receive 100,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at the end of January. Bassey Okposen, programme manager, national emergency routine immunisation coordination centre, NPHCDA, during his presentation at the webinar on Friday, said the vaccines would be administered around the last week of January or early February. According to Okposen, states with higher percentage of confirmed cases wou...
Statement By President Buhari On Nigeria’s Attainment Of Wild-polio-free Status
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Statement By President Buhari On Nigeria’s Attainment Of Wild-polio-free Status

I congratulate all Nigerians as our country attains this historic status of being free from the Wild Polio Virus. So many partners, local and international, have contributed tirelessly to this feat — we are deeply grateful to each and every one of you. This achievement reflects the resilient spirit of Nigerians, in particular the strength and capacity of our health workers, who drew resources and support from multiple sectors to deal a final blow to the Wild Polio Virus. This achievement is not only one of the great successes of this generation of Nigerians but also one of the obvious dividends of this administration, which is consistent with our progressive investment in the health of our people since 2015. This landmark achievement is also a promise kept to all Nigerians. As...
WHO Donates 20 Million Doses Of Yellow Fever Vaccine
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WHO Donates 20 Million Doses Of Yellow Fever Vaccine

The World Health Organization (WHO) has promised to donate 20 million doses of vaccines annually towards eradicating yellow fever in the country. Briefing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, WHO Representative, Dr Fiona Braka said the organization was ready to assist the country in achieving total vaccination of the populace in line with the Elimination of Yellow Epidemics (EYE) by 2026. "The global community is committed to this course and has pledged 20 million doses annually to achieve the target despite the global vaccine shortfall," Braka said. There were recent outbreaks of yellow fever in Kogi, Kwara, Zamfara, Niger, Kebbi and Nasarawa states.  Government will kick off the second phase of the preventive mass campaign against yellow fever in four states; Kogi, Kwara , Zamfara and Bor...
2017: Sad Year In Nigeria’s Health Sector; Over 1,000 Die From Preventable Diseases
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2017: Sad Year In Nigeria’s Health Sector; Over 1,000 Die From Preventable Diseases

Nigeria started 2017 with the news of outbreak of Meningitis which lasted for months and was followed by other rare and uncommon diseases. There were also new policies and the launch of primary health care centres to improve the health sector. During the year, doctors and health workers also embarked on strikes, while many global health reports were released. PREMIUM TIMES compiles some of the major health events that headlined 2017. 1,166 people died of meningitis in six months Between December 2016 and June 23, 2017, a total of 1,166 people died as a result of meningitis outbreak in the country. Children between five to 14 years were most affected accounting for 6,791 cases out of a total 14,513 cases reported in 24 states. Zamfara was the most affected state in terms o...
Germany To Support Fight Against Polio In Nigeria
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Germany To Support Fight Against Polio In Nigeria

Germany and Nigeria signed a 29.9-million-euro agreement for the European country to support the program to eradicate poliomyelitis in the African nation, official sources reported. According to a communiqué from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), its public relations chief, Saadu Salahu, pointed out that the agreement is the ninth such a deal between the two countries to support the eradication of poliomyelitis in Nigeria. The pact was penned in Abuja by the joint chief of the German mission in Nigeria, Regine Hess, Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama and NPHCDA Executive Director Faisal Shuaib. Onyeama lauded the German Government for its great support for Nigeria, not only to eradicate polio but also for its assistance in other major sectors. ...
FCT Targets 900,000 Children For Polio Immunization
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FCT Targets 900,000 Children For Polio Immunization

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Primary Health Care Development Board, says it is targeting 900,000 children to be immunised against polio between Saturday and Tuesday. The Acting Executive Secretary of the board, Dr Mathew Ashikeni, made this known during the inauguration of the exercise on Friday in Abuja. Ashikeni explained that Abuja being the centre of the country, there was influx of people in the territory, hence the need to be proactive in the vaccination of children against polio and other infectious diseases. He said that FCT was also among the high risk states as far as polio virus was concerned. Ashikeni said that 1,166 vaccinators would partake in the exercise along with 300 special teams and 65 supervisors. He further said that 48 monitors would be partici...