The United Nations has raised concern over infant mortality in Nigeria from preventable diseases. U.N. Children’s Fund, UNICEF, says more Nigerian children die from vaccine preventable diseases annually.
UNICEF communication for development specialist, Dr. Elizabeth Onitolo said with the emergence of COVID-19 in Nigeria, routine immunization was affected which put many children at risk of preventable diseases. She was speaking at a 3-day media dialogue on routine immunization, post-polio certification and COVID-19 vaccination”, held in Yola, Adamawa state.
Onitolo said if care was not taken, cases of polio may resurface in the nearest future in Nigeria.
Minister of information and culture, Lai Muhammed, urged participants at the media dialogue to continue with awareness creation for a healthier Nigeria.
He said “even though the country has been certified wild polio free, there is an urgent need to address the immunization situation. He said attention should also be paid to COVID-19 and its impact on routine immunization and the roll out of the vaccination for COVID-19 itself.
He added that the Nigerian government would continue to leverage on the media to promote messages on both the prevention of covid-19 and increased vaccination.
On the objectives of the meeting, the communication officer, UNICEF Nigeria, Folashade Adebayo, said that it was to “increase knowledge and awareness of key media practitioners on the risks of low routine immunization coverage, due to COVID-19 lockdowns last year. So the essence of the meeting is to strengthen alliance and partnership with the media to support the national plan on immunizations including the introduction of COVID-19 vaccines.”
Adebayo said it was also to urged the media to increase the risk perception of the public on COVID-19 and promote preventive measures including pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical measures. And to provide the media with additional sources of information on COVID-19 vaccines to counter disinformation, misinformation and rumors.
The media dialogue is being organized by the child rights information bureau of the federal ministry of information and culture in collaboration with UNICEF.
Power Restored To National Grid After System Collapse
The Transmission Company of Nigeria says power has been restored to national grid after a system collapse left most of the nation in the dark on Wednesday.
The company said on Thursday electricity has been restored across the entire grid through which distribution companies offtake electricity they deliver to consumers nationwide.
TCN’s public affairs general manager Ndidi Mbah, says experts were already making efforts to fully restore electricity on the grid.
Army Denies Boko Haram’s Eid Donations Report
The Nigerian Army has denied reports that Boko Haram insurgents distributed Eid donations to communities in the northern states of Borno and Yobe.
Reports alleged the terrorist group had donated food and money to residents in attempts to woo them to support its activities.
The army says the reports were “propaganda,” and that it had conducted investigations and established the reports were untrue.
The army said in a statement “our team of eagle-eyed analysts went further to critically examine the pictures attached to this malicious publication and discovered that they were simply stage-managed in a typical terrorists-styled propaganda.
Nigeria continues to experience a wave of insecurity occasioned by attacks and kidnappings carried out by Boko Haram militants.
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