maternal deaths

About 20% of global maternal deaths happen in Nigeria ― NPHCDA

The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency(NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib says 128 of every 1,000 children under 5 in Nigeria die and 20% of global maternal deaths happen in Nigeria.

Faisal Shuaib disclose this at the just concluded Primary Health Care Summit in Abuja.
Dr. Faisal lamented the devastating effects of the lack of adequate primary health care on the country’s health indices, a situation he says must be treated  as an emergency.

According to him, very few Nigerians have access to quality primary health care services, even those that do are offered fragmented and often ineffective services.

READ: Adolescent Health: Minister Optimistic, Working Group will Help Reduce Maternal Death Figures


He further hinted on the government’s ambitious plans to collaborate with a diverse group of domestic and international partners, to build a grassroots network of quality primary health care. 
According to him, Fixing the primary health care system is the most cost effective and realistic approach to saving and improving the lives of millions in the country.

GAVI

VACCINES ACCOUNTABILITY:
GAVI DELEGATION INSPECTS NIGERIA’S COLD CHAIN STORES

A HIGH-LEVEL DELEGATION OF THE GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR VACCINES AND IMMUNIZATION (gavi) IS IN NIGERIA TO EVALUATE HOW THE COUNTRY HAS ADMINISTERED DONATIONS FOR COVID-19 MANAGEMENT AS WELL AS FUNDING FOR ROUTINE IMMUNIZATION AND UPGRADE OF THE PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

THE TEAM VISITED ONE OF NIGERIA’S LARGEST COLD CHAIN STORES IN ABUJA TO EVALUATE STORAGE CONDITIONS AND USAGE OF ALL DONATED VACCINES, INCLUDING THE COVID-19 VACCINES.

GAVI HAD COMMITTED 1.03 BILLION DOLLARS TO FUND IMMUNIZATION IN ITS TEN-YEAR TRANSITION PLAN IN NIGERIA, COVERING 2018 TO 2028.

THE INSPECTION IS PART OF GAVI’S TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY FRAMEWORK, WHICH AIMS TO BENCHMARK VALUE FOR INVESTMENTS INTO THE HEALTH SECTOR

GAVI IS A GLOBAL HEALTH PARTNERSHIP OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR ORGANIZATIONS, DEDICATED TO IMMUNIZATION, AND HAS BEEN DONATING VACCINES INCLUDING COVID-19 VACCINES TO NIGERIA.

THIS EXPLAINS WHY THE DELEGATION IS INTERESTED IN THE STORAGE AND USAGE OF ALL THE VACCINES DONATED TO NIGERIA IN RECENT TIMES.

THE TEAM WHICH TOOK A TOUR OF THE COLD STORE, OPENING THE FREEZERS AT SOME POINTS, EXPRESSES SATISFACTION ON THE WAY VACCINES ARE MANAGED IN THE COUNTRY.

COVID-19 Vaccination SCALES 2.0 Strategy

FG launches new strategy to ramp up COVID-19 vaccination

The Nigerian federal Government on Tuesday, launched a new strategy code named SCALES, Which (Service delivery, communication, accountability, logistics, electronic reporting, and supportive supervision for the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination ) to help scale up vaccination in the country.

Speaking at the event in Abuja, the minister of health notes that the double doses of vaccines is discouraging many people from taking the vaccines, and some who took their first dose decline taking a second jab if they experience some adverse effects with their first jab.

According to the minister, the new strategy was introduced in November 2021 by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency(NPHCDA), to rapidly ramp up COVID-19 vaccine coverage by expanding access to COVID-19 vaccines outside health facilities.

The minister is however optimistic that the launch of ‘SCALES 2.0 Strategy, and the use of a Single-Dose Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, will help scale up the exercise, and raise the number of fully vaccinated people, as against the current situation where the proportion of fully vaccinated Nigerians is still very low

Doctor Ehanire further assured Nigerians of adequate stock of Johnson and Johnson Vaccine, saying there are over 38 million doses in stock, which will soon be deployed to 36 states

Johnson & Johnson

FG To Distribute Johnson & Johnson To Hard-To-Reach Areas

The federal government has says it’s focusing the Johnson & Johnson vaccines on those who are in the hard-to-reach areas such as riverine areas, desert areas and security-compromised areas, As Nigeria currently has in country 12,916,450 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines.

The Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development, Faisal Shuaib revealed this at the official handover of two million doses of Johnson & Johnson covid 19 Vaccines donated by the European Union to the Nigeria government on Monday in Abuja.

Speaking at the event, Faisal Shuaib States that one million, nine hundred and thirty six thousand and fifty ( 1,936,050) of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been received by the federal government, which only requires a single dose for full vaccination.

Shuaib also made it known that the federal government have been engaging with the poor performing states to identify areas where they would require more support and to also help them in identifying areas where they can improve in order to ramp up their vaccination coverage before the end of 2022.

Furthermore while assuring the country partnerships, Shuaib says all vaccines approved by the World Health Organization are safe and can deliver adequate protection against the disease, says Nigeria has vaccinated 15,792,392 (14.1%) of her eligible population with the 1st dose.

Senator Mamora charges Health Institutions to get professional Accreditation

Senator Mamora charges Health Institutions to get professional Accreditation

The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Adeleke Mamora says government will spare no efforts to ensure that all health institutions including laboratories, teaching hospitals and other similar institutions get proper accreditation for better health delivery.

Senator hinted on this at the unveiling ceremony of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) Accreditation and presentation of National ISO 15189:2012 certificate, held on Tuesday in Abuja

While commending the medical laboratory council for the feat, the minister says the Federal Government would spare no effort in ensuring that all the medical facilities are properly accredited to ensure efficient and effective health facilities delivery to all Nigerians.

FG Destroys Over 1 Million Doses of Expired COVID-19 Vaccines

FG Destroys Over 1 Million Doses of Expired COVID-19 Vaccines

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency and the National Food and Drugs Control destroyed over 1million doses of Astrazeneca, expired Covid-19 Vaccines in Abuja on Wednesday.

Addressing journalists after the destruction, Executive Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib  says the country on 11th and 29th of October received a total of 2,594,100 doses of Astrazeneca with November expiry date.
According to him, 1.527,886 doses of Astrazenecca were utilized out of the total number of doses received, but unfortunately 1,066,214 doses  got expired because of the short shelf life.

A man standing next to a heavy duty vehicle destroying expired AstraZeneca vaccines at the Gosa dumpsite in Abuja

Vaccine hesitancy is a major challenge that the federal government continue to grapple with, making it to embark on compulsory vaccination for government employees recently.

Antimicrobial Resistance

See What’s driving Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Nigeria – NCDC

The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa says Nigeria has made significant progress in building capacity to report Antimicrobial Resistance, AMR, since 2017 when it was reporting at a zero level.

Dr. Adetifa stated this at the 2021 National Antimicrobial Awareness Week: AMR Policy Dialogue in Abuja where he stressed that bad clinical procedures, self-medication and improper disposal of antibiotics are among key factors driving AMR in Nigeria.

Represented by the Dr. Chinwe Ochu, the NCDC boss who also spoke on the theme of the event, “AMR Response and Financing in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities”, pointed out that it is important for stakeholders to meet and brainstorm on ways to harness funding to drive advocacy.

Meanwhile, the government of the United Kingdom through its Department for International Development, UKaid, working with the Fleming Foundation is building the capacity of Nigeria to test for AMR by investing 9.4 million pounds for the equipment of laboratories across the country.

Fleming Fund Country lead, Blessing Stephen revealed that 18 laboratories across Nigeria have been fully renovated, with some of them fully equipped and handed over to Chief Medical Directors of the Teaching Hospitals, even as others are currently being equipped ahead of the January 31, 2022 deadline of the memorandum.

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NPHCDA RAISES CONCERN ABOUT POSSIBLE SPIKE IN COVID-19 INFECTIONS DURING YULETIDE

The Executive Director, National primary Health Care Development, Dr Faisal Shuaib is worried that Nigeria could experience a spike in Covid-19 infections as the festive season approaches.

Doctor Faisal stated this at the official Flag off of the national mass vaccination campaign in ABUJA.

According to him, the total number of eligible persons who have received the first dose of the vaccine in Nigeria is 5,989,480 which represents only 5.4% of eligible population.

Shuaib also mentioned that almost six million Nigerians have received the COVID-19 vaccine, and none of the six million Nigerians have died as a result of COVID-19 vaccination.

He stresses that the conspiracy theories are falsehoods, crafted to distract Nigerians and undermine the global effort to protect people against COVID-19.

Nigeria's popular author and story teller, says NIGERIA has all it takes to make the country maleria free.

Braithwaite stated this at the launching of one of her books in Abuja, titled "End Malaria' in Abuja.


According to her, Nigerians need to ensure that they get tested for malaria and also take right medication and be conversant with symptoms of malaria, 



 Braithwaite also says eliminating malaria in Africa requires a consistent approach, by the government and society and she believes, it's possible to eradicate malaria in this generation, saying it makes sense to engage on the initiative.


She noted that the book( END MALARIA) will be interpreted in local languages to allow indigenes to understand malaria in its context.


The goal of this book is to accelerate the attainment of malaria free Nigeria and adopt the same model in other African Countries.

NIGERIA CAN BE MALARIA FREE -Funmilayo Braithwaite

Nigeria’s popular author and story teller, says NIGERIA has all it takes to make the country malaria free.

Braithwaite stated this at the launching of one of her books in Abuja, titled “End Malaria’ in Abuja.

According to her, Nigerians need to ensure that they get tested for malaria and also take right medication and be conversant with symptoms of malaria,

Braithwaite also says eliminating malaria in Africa requires a consistent approach, by the government and society and she believes, it’s possible to eradicate malaria in this generation, saying it makes sense to engage on the initiative.

She noted that the book( END MALARIA) will be interpreted in local languages to allow indigenes to understand malaria in its context.

The goal of this book is to accelerate the attainment of malaria free Nigeria and adopt the same model in other African Countries.

Production of Malaria vaccine

Start Local Production of Malaria Vaccine immediately Senate Committee Chairman on Health Urges FG

The chairman, Senate committee on health, senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe is asking the federal Government to leverage on the recently approved malaria vaccine by the World Health Organization(WHO ) and commence local production of malaria vaccine, which he says will help Nigeria to eradicates malaria

The federal lawmaker made the call during the launch of the book, “End Malaria” in Abuja.

Oloriegbe said one of the common killer of children and pregnant women in the country is malaria, as Nigeria is one of the countries with the highest burden of malaria in the world

According to the 2019 World malaria report, there were 229 million cases of malaria in 2019 alone, compared to 228 million cases reported in 2018.

While The estimated number of malaria deaths stood at 409, 000 in 2019, compared with 411, 000 deaths in 2018.