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Polio Torchlight Series

Getting to 100 percent: Enugu’s fight to maintain its polio free status

Veronica Asogwa is a petty trader in Abakpa Nike, one of the largest suburbs in Enugu State, southeast Nigeria. When the state announced the commencement of the sub-national polio vaccination campaign on January 17, 2020, Asogwa, 37, prepared to take her two-year-old son, Emeka, to a vaccination centre a few kilometres from where she lives […]

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Health Torchlight Series

Identify and Report: How grassroots informants accelerated the end of polio in Niger state

The streets of Masaga district in the northern part of Bida local government area of Niger state were adorned with a colourful display of varying designs of outfits as both the young and elderly march to different destinations for marriage ceremonies. Fridays are usually for wedding ceremonies, explains Baba Buhari, the Disease Surveillance and Notification […]

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Health Torchlight Series

The last mile: On the frontlines of polio eradication in Kano State

In August 2016, the last poliovirus case in Nigeria was diagnosed in Monguno Local Government Area in the North-Eastern state of Borno. Since then, those working in the polio space, nationally and globally, have worked hard and are watching vigilantly with bated breath as Nigeria again comes close to being declared polio-free by 2019, incidentally […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

Great Expectations for Nigeria’s Health Sector: Top Five Priorities in 2018

Every new year comes with high expectations, with the hopes of new opportunities to make a difference in the Nigerian health sector and new energy to carry on ongoing projects. 2018 is here, and with it comes a whole new year of possibilities for the Nigerian health sector. Last week, Nigeria Health Watch summarised some […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

One year after polio set back, Is Nigeria on the march again?

Almost a year ago, the global public health community was thrown into anxiety with the detection of four new cases of wild polio virus (WPV) in rapid succession in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Given the security situation, there was significant anxiety and many hoped that the country could avoid another resurgence of polio. Nigeria was […]