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Nigeria Records 395 Cases of Mutant Poliovirus in 27 States, FCT

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Nigeria Records 395 Cases of Mutant Poliovirus in 27 States, FCT

Author: Gift Wada, Abuja

Nigeria on Thursday recorded 395 cases of Circulating Nigeria Mutant Poliovirus Type 2 (cMPV2) across 27 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT’).

Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA)
Shuaib responding to reports on the outbreak of polio in the country said, no case of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) has been reported anywhere in the country since the last case in 2016 however, Mutant Poliovirus Type 2 (cMPV2) has been recorded across the country.

He explained that cMPV2 outbreaks are caused by immunity gaps in children due to several reasons, including low routine immunization coverage, and missing children during immunization campaigns. Shuaib said “Nigeria and the African region were certified Wild Polio Virus (WPV) free in 2020, following a rigorous verification and certification process by the African Regional Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (ARCC) which spanned three years of no detection of WPV. Till date, there has been no case of WPV anywhere in the country,”

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While assuring of plans to contain the outbreak, he noted that the viruses thrive in areas with poor sanitation, open defecation, and inadequate access to clean drinking water.
Dr Shuaib said Nigerian partnership with donors and development partners, has already acquired new tools and resources to ensure the outbreaks are contained through very robust outbreak responses using the novel Oral Polio Vaccine (nOPV2) which has been shown to be effective in halting the spread of the cMPV2.

“All 36 States and FCT have completed at least one nOPV2 Outbreak Response (OBR). Several other rounds of the OBR as well as other campaigns to improve the mucosal immunity of children aged o-5 years old using Injectable Polio Vaccine (IPV) have also been planned for this year.
“Efforts are also being ramped up to increase routine immunization coverage beyond pre-COVID values,” he said.

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NAFDAC Bans Alcohol Production In Sachet, PET Bottles

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NAFDAC Bans Alcohol Production In Sachet, PET Bottles

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration And Control (NAFDAC) has stopped the registration of alcohol in sachet, small volume pet and glass bottles below 200 millilitres. the director-general of the agency, prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, disclosed this in a statement issued by the agency on Monday.

Adeyeye said the registration of new alcoholic drinks in sachet and small volume pet and glass bottles above 30 per cent alcohol by volume (ABV) has been banned by NAFDAC, following the recommendation of a high powered committee of the federal ministry of health, NAFDAC and Federal Competition And Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and industry in December 2018.

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Manufacturers of low volume alcohol beverages (200ml) with satisfactory laboratory reports already submitted to NAFDAC for registration before the decision, have been directed to reformulate their products to stipulated standards free of charge.

Adeyeye added that the agency will ensure that the validity of the renewal of already registered alcoholic products in the affected category does not exceed the year 2024.

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FCTA to Vaccinate over one Million Children against Polio

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FCTA to Vaccinate over one Million Children against Polio

Author : Eunice Johnson, Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has expressed its readiness to vaccinate a total of 1,165,981 children under the age of five in 2,837 communities across the territory against poliovirus.

At least, 27 states in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory have reported 395 cases of Circulating Mutant Poliovirus Type 2.

The Mandate Secretary, Health and Human Services, Abubakar Tafida, disclosed that the exercise would be done between January 22 and 26, adding that the secretariat would deploy 1,639 health officials to ensure a hitch-free vaccination exercise.

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He spoke at the first meeting of the FCT Taskforce on the Polio Eradication Initiative and Routine Immunization. These were contained in a statement on Thursday by the Special Assistant to the FCT Minister of State, Austine Elemue.

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Lagos Nurses to Suspend Planned Strike After Meeting with Sanwo-Olu

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Lagos Nurses to Suspend Planned Strike After Meeting with Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday held a closed-door meeting with members of the Nigerian Association of Nurses and Midwives, Lagos State Council at the State House, Marina.

It was reported that the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Lagos State Council, had ordered its members to embark on a three-day warning strike from January 10, over poor condition of service.

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Sanwo-Olu pledged government’s sincerity in the implementation of all that was agreed on, to the delight of the representatives of the nurses. And also commenting on the issue, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbegba Omotoso, said the government would do everything possible to stop the strike.

Meanwhile, Secretary of the NANNM, Toba Odumosu, promised to call an emergency congress of the association on Monday, where the union will announce her decision to call off the planned industrial action.

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