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Infectious Disease Thought Leadership Series

While we were sleeping: Is Nigeria prepared for the next big global epidemic?

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership piece comes from Dr. Ibrahim Mamadu, Health Emergencies Programme, WHO Nigeria. He asks whether Nigeria is prepared with its population of 200 million people to detect, respond and prevent possible epidemic outbreaks and analyses what the country needs to do, to guarantee the health security of the population. I […]

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The outbreaks continue…

We have blogged a lot about outbreaks in Nigeria, and the apathy of our government in responding to them. We have stated our worries about the impact of these on the people, and the ineptitude of the various “taskforces” often set up by government in response. We have on several occasions called for the identification, […]

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Nigeria at 50 – a cholera outbreak and an unperturbed elite

While in medical school in Nigeria, I learnt a bit about cholera …that it is an infection caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, and that the main symptoms include profuse watery diarrhea and vomiting, with the management being primarily with oral rehydration therapy (ORT) etc etc. The truth however is that I barely saw a case […]