Thursday, October 01, 2020
Add this page to Blinklist Add this page to Del.icoi.us Add this page to Digg Add this page to Facebook Add this page to Furl Add this page to Google Add this page to Ma.Gnolia Add this page to Newsvine Add this page to Reddit Add this page to StumbleUpon Add this page to Technorati Add this page to Yahoo


ideas have consequences

You are here:Home>>Displaying items by tag: Egypt
 
DA Article Expo Module
 
AllAfrica News: Latest
All Africa, All the Time.

Polio has been identified as one of the most damaging diseases which can snatch away a child’s physical, mental and emotional stimulus to lead a normal, healthy and happy life. This is why; countries across the world have been working together closely to develop a strong Public Health Campaign for complete and total polio eradication since 1988. In most parts of the world, particularly the western nations, the devastating complication of polio is rarely seen today. Even when poliovirus infection occurs in these areas it is the least harmful strain of poliovirus. In addition, there is adequate vaccine to protect against such poliovirus infection. In contrast, less developed countries including Nigeria, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Egypt, the strain of poliovirus is the wild harmful type.

In countries such as Nigeria, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Egypt, thousands of innocent children have been crippled for life due to the transmission of the wild polio virus (Paralytic poliovirus). The strain of poliovirus often may lead to the complications of temporary or permanent muscle weakness, paralysis, disability, and deformities of the hips, ankles and feet. In some cases, the deformities caused by poliovirus infection can be reduced with surgery and physical therapy. Such expensive and intense treatments are not readily available in developing nations where polio is still endemic. As a result, most persons who survive death from polio often live with severe disabilities and low productive lives to even support their families. However, proper and timely immunization campaigns, however, especially in India have helped in reducing and controlling the spread of this life changing disease.

Even though all it takes is to vaccinate each and every child under five with the polio vaccine to achieve global polio eradication, this has not been the case especially in Nigeria due to lack of funds and disjointed running of the immunization campaign. In the recent past, however, Nigeria has shown evidence of a reduction in polio cases thanks to the selfless and commendable work done by the ‘Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’, a joint venture by Microsoft Founder, Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda Gates.

In a meeting recently, the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan publicly expressed his gratitude for the outstanding work done by Bill Gates and his wife in delivering better healthcare services not just in Nigeria but all over the world. He further admired the contributions made by them both in terms of time and money which has resulted in a drop in the number of polio cases from couple of hundreds in 2009 to just a about three cases this year.

Today, Northern Nigeria has emerged as the only place in the world that has seen so much progress in its goal towards polio reduction and subsequent polio eradication in such a short span of time.

 Author: G. Stanley Okoye, M.D., Ph.D. , Chief Medical Correspondent, Africa Political and Economic Strategic Center (Afripol) and St. Jude Medical Missions ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

3
Next
End
Page 3 of 3

Featured Articles and Reports

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15

Strategic Research and Analysis

  • BIAFRA:  Documentary marking 50 years BIAFRA: Documentary marking 50 years
    Documentary marking 50 years since Nigerian-Biafran War launches in London   Dr Louisa Egbunike’s documentary weaves together an engaging narrative of reflections from authors touched by one of the most devastating conflicts of the 1960s, one that still casts its shadow on Nigerians around the world
    On Saturday 25th January 2020, a sold-out Curzon Bloomsbury cinema played host to the launch of In The Shadow of Biafra, a documentary reflecting...
  • US Secretary of States  optimistic that Nigeria Travel Ban will be  lifted US Secretary of States optimistic that Nigeria Travel Ban will be lifted
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday he's optimistic that Nigeria will take the steps needed to remove itself from U.S. visa restrictions that were imposed last week. Pompeo did not offer a timeline for the removal of the restrictions that the country's foreign minister said had “blindsided” Nigerian officials.


    The restrictions announced on Friday bar Nigerians from receiving immigrant visas to live permanently in the...
  • Nigeria to receive $308m stolen by ex-dictator: Sani Abacha Nigeria to receive $308m stolen by ex-dictator: Sani Abacha
    Nigeria is set to receive around $308 million seized from former military dictator Sani Abacha under a deal backed by the United States and the island of Jersey, US prosecutors said Monday.


    The sum is the latest to be recovered from the accounts of Abacha, an army officer who ruled Nigeria from 1993 until his death in 1998 aged 54, which sparked an ongoing search for hundreds of millions of dollars he stole and hid abroad.
  • Equiano the African: "The father of African literature". Equiano the African: "The father of African literature".
    Olaudah Equiano, an Igbo free slave, a  freedom fighter and an abolitionist. He joined William Wilberforce in abolition movement  and became the wealthiest black man in the English-speaking world.


    When Olaudah Equiano published his autobiography in England in 1789, he achieved instant celebrity. Several thousand copies were sold, the subscribers including the Prince of Wales, the Duke of York and the Duke of Cumberland. The book...
  • Nigeria and Biafra: Ndi-Igbo 50 years after the civil war Nigeria and Biafra: Ndi-Igbo 50 years after the civil war
      It is difficult to believe that it is over 50 years since the end of Nigeria Civil War, what with the scars and the wounds that seem to fester and become more malignant and the ensuing cold war that has refused to abate.


    Although the war ended on a no-victor-no-vanquished note and a promise of reconstruction, rehabilitation and reconciliation as pronounced by the Gowon-led federal government, yet the real war continued in a more...
  • Why Trump placed  immigration and travel  Ban on  Nigeria, others Why Trump placed immigration and travel Ban on Nigeria, others
    President Trump has placed travel restrictions and outright immigration ban on Nigeria and other five countries Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar,   Sudanese and Tanzanian.



    These two Asian and four more African countries  travel were restricted and Trump suspended immigrant visas for citizens of Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and Nigeria and suspended Sudanese and Tanzanian citizens from participating in the U.S. “visa lottery”...
  • Ejike Okpa and GOP:  Nigerian Americans Tilting  To The Right? Ejike Okpa and GOP: Nigerian Americans Tilting To The Right?

    For now it has been taken for granted in American political sphere that racial minorities stand with the political Left and vote for Democratic Party.  It's like a gospel truth that most Blacks and Hispanics always identify with liberal policies and recent immigrants are expected to follow put.


    But it is beginning to change in Nigerian American community and some of them are stripping away their liberal identity and replacing...
  •  Soyinka  @ “Never Again Conference”  - 50years  after Biafra Civil War Soyinka @ “Never Again Conference” - 50years after Biafra Civil War

    Speech delivered by Professor Wole Soyinka at the “Never Again Conference” organised by the Nzuko Umunna and Ndigbo, to mark the 50 years after the Nigerian Civil War on Monday, January 13 at the MUSON Centre, Onikan Lagos).




    Last year October, about a week after the nation space that we have generously agreed to refer to as Nigeria, celebrated her 59th year of Independence from colonial rule, I found myself...
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
HOUSTON °F
ABUJA °F
LAGOS °F
JOHANNESBURG °F
    Ferienhaus Ostsee

Want to Submit an Article?

Or would you like to contact us?

Find more info here>>