Ondo NMA seeks a state of emergency as 18 died of Measles in Niger.
During a recent meeting with UNICEF stakeholders from the media and education sector to discuss their roles in the campaign against measles, Abari Hassan Musa, the UNICEF Measles Consultant, stated during the meeting that took place in Minna that the records received from the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Bida revealed that out of about 1,347 children who were infected by measles, 18 lives had been claimed in Bida Council of Niger State between January and August 2022, and this figure is worrying.
Speaking further, Abari noted that the Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency, in conjunction with UNICEF, has finalized arrangements to launch a campaign that will kick off against measles. The campaign will target 1,146,572 children for vaccination. According to him, the beginning of the first stage of the campaign would take place on October 31. While for the time being, the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has also requested that the Federal Government proclaim a state of emergency over the health care system.
Nigeria has the third highest number of doctors who are working in the UK.
Dr. Omosehin Adeyemi-Osowe, Chairman of the Ondo State chapter of the National Medical Association (NMA), made the state of emergency appeal in Akure while speaking to reporters as part of the activities marking the 2022 Physician’s Week. He added that after India and Pakistan, Nigeria has the third highest number of foreign doctors who are working in the UK, noting that the country is being devastated by Malaria, Lassa viral hemorrhagic fever, COVID-19, Ebola, and Marburg, among others.
As regards the challenges facing the health sector, Dr. Omosehin voiced his worries about the Nigerian doctor being underpaid, overworked, without the appropriate instruments for the job, and a potential kidnapping target. Due to the probable disrespect and neglect of the health sector by successive governments in Nigeria, the once noble profession of Nigerian doctors has been reduced to obscurity. He encouraged the government of Nigeria to declare a state of emergency in the country’s health sector for the good of its residents, as he stressed the need to do more to ensure the safety of people’s lives and possessions.
Buhari requested the launch of Nigeria’s local production of vaccines.
In the midst of the distress call for a state of emergency, President Muhammadu Buhari has made an announcement in Seoul, South Korea, that Nigeria is ready to become a global hub for the sustainable production and distribution of vaccines and biological pharmaceuticals in order to support initiatives aimed at keeping people safe. As a follow-up to Nigeria’s selection by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the six African countries to get the technology required to create mRNA vaccines, the president further requested the speedy launch of Nigeria’s local production of the vaccines.
During his speech at the World Bio Summit 2022, the president made a dedication to the global response to existing or emerging pathogens. This commitment included the global vaccine assurance ecosystem as well as equitable access for all. Furthermore, at the meeting, which was jointly organized by the South Korean Government and the WHO to discuss the future of Bio-Health and vaccines across the globe, the president stated that Nigeria would continue to utilize multilateral, bilateral and other opportunities that are available for cutting-edge technology as a center for vaccine production and distribution.
Government to boost local vaccine production through partnership.
Moreover, the president stated his government sees opportunities to tackle diseases that have ravaged most third-world countries and sub-Saharan Africa for centuries, and he attributed this to the fact that the mRNA technology makes it possible for science to shift attention to disease threats that have not yet been discovered. The President of Nigeria noted that the Federal Government had authorized a Joint Venture Agreement with a leading Nigerian Pharmaceutical Company for a Public-Private Enterprise in regard to Nigeria’s efforts to boost local vaccine production.
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In addition, the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has asked the federal government to declare a health care emergency.
The Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency and UNICEF have finished making plans for a campaign against measles that will start soon.
Because of the likely disregard and neglect of the health sector by successive Nigerian governments, the formerly honorable profession of Nigerian doctors has faded into obscurity.
At this present time measles should not be our problem in Nigeria for children to be killed by such is a shame our health has always been in shambles and government needs to be something fast.
Provision of intervention and campaign and programs are the major way to counter the increasing measles infection
Measles is one disease children should have gotten immunization against when they are born. Government should help the health sector to fight against measles. Vaccines should also be developed to combat it.
I pray the FG agreement with a Nigerian Pharmaceutical Company in regard to Nigeria’s efforts to boost local vaccine production yield something good.
Most of our doctors who should have been helping with the current health challenge have gone out of the country in search of greener pastures because our government don’t care about health sector. They prefer to seek for medications outside the country will poorly equipping our home.
I hope President Buhari will be able to execute what he has proposed to do on health related issues. I support the Ondo NMA suggestion on the declaration of state of emergency in Niger concerning measles ravaging the state.
Government should fight this disease and save life’s the children are die of this disease vaccine should be create to stop it and find way to stop it from spreading
Nigeria doesn’t need all this news in this 21th century with all the human and financial capacity but corruption has eating deep in the health sector,so people incharge does not care to do the right thing.
It will be better for government to declare a state of emergency considering the 18 children that measles has killed in Niger state and the shortage of doctors we are currently experiencing in the country. Government should take the necessary steps to combat the emergence of this measles and all other deadly diseases.
It is encouraging that during a recent meeting with UNICEF partners from the media and education sector to discuss their roles in the campaign against measles, a decision was made to increase the number of measles vaccines available.
We need to fight this disease to avoid lost of children . Government need to do something fast
It is good that there are plans for a measles vaccination campaign, organized by UNICEF and the Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency, are now in motion.
The Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency, in collaboration with UNICEF, has finished all the necessary preparations to launch a campaign against measles, which will begin in the near future.
Because of the devastation caused by Malaria and the Lassa virus, Nigeria has the third biggest number of foreign doctors working in the UK, after India and Pakistan.
the Nigerian physician is at risk of being kidnapped, despite the fact that he or she is underpaid, overworked, and lacking the necessary equipment for the job.
As a central location for the manufacture and distribution of vaccines, Nigeria is planning to continue taking advantage of multilateral, bilateral, and other opportunities that are now accessible for cutting-edge technology.
Concerning the nation of Nigeria’s efforts to increase the amount of locally produced vaccines, the Federal Government had given its approval for a Public-Private Enterprise to enter into a Joint Venture Agreement with a leading Nigerian Pharmaceutical Company.
The president claimed that his country sees chances to combat diseases that have plagued most third-world nations and sub-Saharan Africa for centuries, and he ascribed this to the fact that mRNA technology allows science to focus on disease threats that have not yet been identified.
The Nigerian doctor being underpaid, overworked, without the appropriate instruments for the job, and a potential kidnapping target. Due to the probable disrespect and neglect of the health sector by successive governments in Nigeria, the once noble profession of Nigerian doctors has been reduced to obscurity.