The federal government yesterday, said that over 3million Nigerian children are yet to be immunised against various communicable diseases.
National facilitator for Modified Integrated Medical Outreach Programme, Hadeza Jibril gave the figure during the flag-off ceremony of the programme organised by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency in collaboration with the Cross River State government.
Jubril stated that it is in its determination to address the situation and bridge the gap that the programme was initiated by the government stressing that over 800,000 children are expected to be immunised nationwide including Cross River State.
“We have three million unimmunized children in Nigeria but this programme will bridge this gap and catch those children”.
“ All the 36 States in Nigeria including the FCT are involved and over 800,000 children in Nigeria will be immunised”, Hadiza maintained.
In his welcome remarks, the Cross River State director -general of Primary Healthcare Development Agency, PHCDA, Dr. Janet Archibong, described the programme as a very high impact intervention which is aimed at improving key indicators, stressing that the state government does not want to leave any child behind in this programme and charged nursing mothers to take advantage of the programme.
EndSARS Protests Increase Covid19, Nigeria Will See The Consequences- NCDC
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has stated Nigerians will have to face consequences of mass gatherings, especially as a result of protests, religious activities that have taken place over the past weeks.
It further said as a result of the curfew imposed over protests by some state government, the rate of testing in COVID-19 testing laboratories has slowed down.
The Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, made these known in Abuja during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
He said: “The outbreak is escalating around the world literally. We have held things down because of our proactive measures – the very effective airport screening which was put in place to limit the re-introduction of cases from countries where the outbreak is escalating.
“This virus does not know the reason why people are congregating – whether you are congregating for religious purposes, protest, partying, etc. This virus takes opportunity of people coming together.
“We cannot afford to let down our guards irrespective of what our anger is at the moment.
“As we move into the next two weeks, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that we have to watch the numbers very carefully. The reasons are obvious – we have gathered in our masses for whatever reason, and now we have to keep our eyes open to face the potential consequences. But those consequences are not inevitable. We can still do our part to prevent them.
“There are over 1,000 known deaths that would not have happened in Nigeria this year without this virus that has happened.
“There could have been a lot more if not for the proactive work we have done collectively as a country. We cannot afford to add this to the many challenges we already have.”
Ihekweazu added: “Over the past few days, we have reported low numbers, and those low numbers reflect the fact that in many states, we have not been able to test as much as we would like to because there have been curfews.
“40 percent to 60 percent of cases in Nigeria are reported from Lagos. Our labs in Lagos have not been able to perform as they normally would for the past two to three weeks.
“Many states in Nigeria have done extremely well in the last few weeks, raising their testing capacity across the country. So, we must stay on the board.”
119 New Covid-19 Cases, 106 Discharged And 2 Deaths On October 26
119 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
119 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
1,132 deaths pic.twitter.com/DLJuatw6CT
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) October 26, 2020
On the 26th of October 2020, 119 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
Till date, 62111 cases have been confirmed, 57571 cases have been discharged and 1132 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
The 119 new cases are reported from 6 states- Lagos (77), FCT (26), Plateau (9), Edo (4), Oyo (2), Nasarawa (1)
A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities
Residents Attack NAFDAC Office In Kaduna, Cart Away Fake And Expired Drugs
Some Kaduna residents have attacked the office of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration And Control (NAFDAC), carting away seized fake and expired drugs and beverages.
The affected offices include the NAFDAC warehouse belonging to the investigation and enforcement directorate, as well as the training and research institute for the northern region and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The drugs were seized from illicit drug dealers and meant for destruction.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna state government has warned on health risks from drugs and beverages looted from the NAFDAC office and other warehouses in the state capital.
The State Commissioner For Internal Security, Samuel Aruwan in a statement, said the looted items which include expired, prohibited, and dangerous drugs posed a great danger to the health of the people and therefore warns that persons who consume such drugs are at great risk of serious illness and death.
Aruwan also disclosed that the management of a food processing company whose stores were looted in the Kakuri area in Kaduna South Local Government has also disclosed that the stolen grains have been treated with chemical preservatives which render them unsafe for consumption.
He implored residents of Kaduna State to be vigilant and careful about the source of the food and medications they take and where they buy them, to avoid these dangers.
The commissioner also appealed to the public for information on the identities of the looters and where they might be hiding the stolen items.
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