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Nigeria is polio-free. What next?

On August 25, 2020 Nigeria and the African continent received what was undoubtedly cheering news amid a very turbulent year — the country and the continent are officially polio free. Nigeria waited with bated breath for the past four years when the last polio virus case was recorded in Borno state, North-east Nigeria. It was a long, […]

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Torchlight Series

AVADAR: How digital health fast-tracked Nigeria’s drive to eradicate polio

Polio, a contagious disease caused by the poliomyelitis virus is transmitted primarily when stool from someone infected contaminates foods, drinks or water sources. It invades the nervous system and could, in a matter of hours, lead to complete paralysis. On the 24th of August 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) officially declared Nigeria and Africa […]

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Africa eradicates wild poliovirus

Brazzaville, 25 August 2020– The independent Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) for Polio Eradication officially declared on Tuesday that the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region is free of wild poliovirus. This marks the eradication of the second virus from the face of the continent since smallpox 40 years ago. “Today is a historic day for […]

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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

Lessons from Kaduna: improving immunisation coverage through local emergency coordination centres

In the last three decades, the world has gone through a long and tough road in the push to eradicate the crippling wild poliovirus disease. From more than 350,000 cases across 125 countries in 1988, the disease has been reduced to 33 cases in only two countries — Afghanistan and Pakistan, by the end of 2018. Nigeria, […]

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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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Polio Thought Leadership Series

Nigeria: The long crawl to polio eradication - Op-Ed

Editor’s Note: Today’s piece is an OpEd from renowned Virologist and Chair of Nigeria Expert Review Committee on Poliomyelitis Eradication and Routine Immunisation, Prof. Oyewale Tomori. This World Immunisation Week, he explores Nigeria’s long road towards polio eradication and gives insights into exactly how far we still have to go before we can confidently assert […]

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Polio Thought Leadership Series

Is this Nigeria’s Last Lap to Polio Freedom?

In about six months, Nigeria will achieve what will arguably be one of her recent greatest public health achievements; being declared polio-free. The journey has been lengthy and tough, and required sustained efforts of all stakeholders; from frontline workers identifying and reporting cases in states like Kano and Niger, to volunteer community mobilisers ensuring every […]

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Thought Leadership Series UHC

Health is Primary and Universal: Priorities for Nigeria’s Health Sector in 2019

2019 in Nigeria is going to be quite a significant year, given the hotly contested presidential election taking place on February 16th and the governorship elections on March 2nd. For those of us in the health sector, it is important that we continue to champion health as an election issue. As a Nigerian citizen, as […]

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Health Torchlight Series

A “best buy” for child health in Nigeria: The Case for Immunisation

“I know that immunisation is important and obviously I want the best for my child, but the schedules are quite confusing, especially as I do not have anyone explain what the different ‘drugs’ are for. The nurses are too busy to answer my questions or remind me when to come for the immunisation after I’ve […]

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Health

Strong response to polio in the North East, stuttering response to health and nutrition

Following the detection of three new polio cases in Nigeria, The Nigerian government and its partners have mounted a massive, largely well-coordinated response. The Nigerian Government rapidly released an unprecedented N9.8B to support the response. Together with support from several international partners, this will fund an intensive outbreak response which includes five rounds of vaccination and […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Nigeria interrupts Polio, but the fight is not over

Nigeria is about to cross an important milestone in its fight to eradicate polio. July 24th will mark one year since the last polio case was recorded in the country. Nigeria Health Watch team member Ifeanyi Nsofor reflects on the effort it has taken to get us here and what it will take to maintain […]

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Spread of polio from Pakistan leads WHO to declare public health emergency; is Nigeria next?

In recent years, the threat of polio has risen in Pakistan, where Taliban militants have targeted health workers administering the vaccine. When the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, speaks about the violence in North East Nigeria, he often refers to Pakistan as a country facing a similar threat. As the violence escalates in NE Nigeria, and […]

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A polio-free Nigeria as a critical step to a polio-free world

Guest post by Iruka N Okeke …and we endorse and actively support its content!  Nigerian scientists, doctors and technical experts  joined their colleagues from around the world to launch the Scientific Declaration on Polio Eradication on 11 April 2013. Today, the world is closer than ever to eradicating polio, with just 223 cases in five countries […]