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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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NDLEA Launches Drug Abuse Reduction Campaign in Sokoto

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The national drug law enforcement agency (NDLEA) has launched war against drug abuse (WADA) in Sokoto state. The agency called on stakeholders to intensify efforts on reducing cases of drug abuse in the society.

Author: Salifu Peace, Abuja

The national drug law enforcement agency (NDLEA) has launched war against drug abuse (WADA) in Sokoto state.

The agency called on stakeholders to intensify efforts on reducing cases of drug abuse in the society.

Abdul Abdullahi, the NDLEA commander in charge of Sokoto state, inaugurated the campaign on Sunday, expressing worry over increase in drug abuse related cases across the state.

According to Abdullahi, the command had from January to date, seized a total of 43,752kg of different types of illicit drugs in the state.

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He explained that WADA means increased synergy on combating the risk of drug abuse emphasising that such approach was intended to ensure a Strong approach.

The commander noted that the programme was being launched sequel to the initiatives of the NDLEA National Chairman, Retired Brig.-gen. Buba marwa.

Abdullahi expressed appreciation to other law enforcement agencies and all stakeholders in the state who are supportive in the command’s discharge of statutory responsibilities.

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NDLEA Declares Embattled DCP Abba Kyari Wanted Over Drug Links

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NDLEA Declares Embattled DCP Abba Kyari Wanted Over Drug Links

Author: Patricia Soni-Odoh, Abuja
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Monday declared suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, wanted over alleged links with an international drug cartel.
The spokesperson for NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, made the announcement during a press conference held at its Headquarters. The decision came amidst the Hushpuppi scandal.

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Kyari, until his suspension by the commission, was the officer-in-charge of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team.
A report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America had earlier indicted him in the case of fraud involving Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi.

the Agency believes strongly that DCP Kyari is a member of a drug cartel that operates the Brazil-Ethiopia-Nigeria illicit drug pipeline, and he needs to answer questions that crop up in an ongoing drug case in which he is the principal actor. His failure to cooperate forced the hand of the Agency and that is the reason for this press briefing.

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Pharmacist Council Seeks Collaboration With Customs to Combat Fake Drugs

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Pharmacist Council Seeks Collaboration With Customs to Combat Fake Drugs

Author: Gift Wada, Abuja

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria,PCN,has called on the Nigeria Customs Service,NCs to help combat the smuggling of fake and unauthorized drugs into the country

Ahmed Mora, Chairman of PCN Governing Council, during a courtesy visit to the Comptroller General of NCs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali,in Abuja,

Stressing on the need for Collaboration between the two agencies, he said ” It is a known fact that the NCS regulates and controls all items of import including medicines (drugs).  The PCN on the other hand issues premises certificates and regulates the practice of all pharmaceutical importers.

” The PCN is particularly pleased that premises licence is an important instrument in the processing of importation and clearing of medicines by the Nigeria Customs Service,”he added

Meanwhile, the Comptroller General of Customs,Col. Hameed Ali,rtd, affirmed the need for a strong synergy between Nigeria Customs Service,NCS and Pharmacists Council of Nigeria,PCN for the purpose of effectively regulating the drug importation channels, ensuring that only authentic drugs are imported into Nigeria and possibly, reducing the use of illicit drugs in Nigeria.”

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He assured the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria of continued partnership and commitment towards assisting her in achieving her mandate through effective regulation and control of all items of import, including medicines, as this would positively impact the economy of the country, as well as the wellbeing of Nigerians.

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