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8950cbae unicef logoThe United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has decried the spread of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in the Northeast zone of Nigeria, warning that 88,000 children with health the condition are at risk of death in the region if they are not treated.

UNICEF also said that about one million children between the ages of six and 59 months in the three states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe affected by insurgency are also acutely malnourished.

MosquitoMillion (about N108 billion) from the World Bank, Islamic Development Bank and African Development Bank to eliminate malaria in the country.

This is contained in a statement issued by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 just ended in London.

VaccinateAs Nigeria joins other African countries to commemorate Vaccination Week on the continent, the federal government has expressed confidence that the country, in the next one year, would be able to vaccinate the 4.3 million children that have not been vaccinated in last few years.

The executive secretary/chief executive officer, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, stated this at a meeting on immunisation financing, as part of activities to mark the African Vaccination Week (AVW) with the theme, “Vaccines Work, Do Your Part,” held in Abuja.

WAPCPThe National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, have recently called on parents, guardians and community leaders to step up monitoring of youths and children, in order to curb the prevalence of drug abuse and misuse in our society.

Representatives of the two agencies made the remarks during a one day community awareness campaign on drug abuse and misuse, organised recently by the West Africa Postgraduate College of Pharmacists, WAPCP, Faculty of Social and Administrative Pharmacy, Nigerian Chapter, at Obele-Odan Community, Surulere, Lagos.

NAIP 2Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, governor of Kwara State has canvassed stiffer penalties for importers of fake and substandard drugs in the country.

Speaking through his deputy chief of staff, Mr Leke Ogungbe at the historic national conference of the Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (NAIP) held at Kwara Hotel, Ilorin on 18 April, Ahmed explained that the importance of his State is not lost on all.

VaccineShotsA Virologist, Prof Simeon Magaji Agwale has stated that Nigeria has the capacity to develop vaccines for tropical diseases such as  lassa fever, typhoid fever, malaria and the likes. 
Agwale lamented that Nigerians are dying of illnesses that the country has the capacity to eradicate or at least combat successfully, stressing that  there  was no reason for Nigerians to suffer such sicknesses when they can produce vaccines for ailments that are peculiar to the country and her surroundings.
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