Friday, 14 April 2017

Nigeria: WHO commends speedy handling of Meningitis Outbreak

According to a report, the World Health Organization has commended Nigeria for it's rapid response in tackling the meningitis epidemic in some parts of the country. Alemu Wondi, the Country Representative of the organisation in Nigeria, made the commendation during his courtesy visit to the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar III. "We are here to see how to contribute to shorten the period of the outbreak in the state and other parts of Nigeria. "Nigeria has also made crucial efforts to eradicate polio, although the country is yet to be certified polio free. "Routine immunisation is the backbone of disease control and more should be done to ensure its utilisation," he said. Mr. Wondi promised to continue to support Nigeria to improve its health indices. Mr. Abubakar, while responding to this, lauded WHO for its support to Nigeria, while also commending Mondi for being a proactive leader. The sultan in his statement, reinstated his commitment to ensuring efficient delivery of health services to Nigerians. According to him, Health is Wealth we will do everything humanly possible to boost health delivery in the country. "We will sustain our partnership with WHO and other development partners in this direction," he said. Earlier on, Mr. Wondi, visited the Commissioner for Health, Balarabe Kakale to tell him their mission which is to assess the situation, brainstorm and extend our support on the ways forward. "We must commend the state government for investing huge human and material resources to combat the menace, " he said Source: allAfrica