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Polio Torchlight Series

All hands on deck in Kano State as Nigeria on track to being declared polio-free

Just five years ago, Kano State was arguably the epicenter of Nigeria’s polio virus epidemic, accounting for over 80% of total cases in the country. Various socio-cultural factors accounted for the state’s huge burden at the time, from ignorance and misconceptions about the polio vaccine, to the state’s high population and finally its strategic location […]

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Infectious Disease Torchlight Series

Isolate, trace and respond: How a new emergency operations centre has improved outbreak response in Kebbi

Dr. Assad Hassan had just graduated from the prestigious Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP) when he received the urgent call to take on the role of State Epidemiologist to head up the newly established Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) in Kebbi State. He and his newly assembled team had probably never imagined […]