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Hand hygiene of utmost importance in prevention against transmittable diseases – FG

By Deborah Onyofufeke
The Director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa has advised Nigerians to prioritize good hand hygiene in their everyday lives as that is the key to curbing and being free of transmittable diseases

He gave this advice on the note that Nigerians be well equipped against the covid-19 virus which is still very much present and the monkeypox attacks making the rounds globally

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Dr. Adetifa said this at the ministry of health bi-weekly press briefing on covid-19 and other diseases, in Abuja, where he disclosed that as of the 19th of June, a total of 41 confirmed monkeypox cases and one death has been recorded so far
He added saying “Unfortunately, just like the COVID-19 pandemic, we observe a repeating pattern of the media and the public magnifying this disease endemic to Nigeria

“The NCDC has been part of many conversations in recent weeks on monkeypox and is pushing for the DE-stigmatization of the disease and renaming.

Due to the increasing number of reported cases worldwide the NCDC continues to lead the response through the Monkeypox Emergency Operations Centre, which was activated on the 25th of May 2022 at a level 2 response.

“Globally, between the 1st of January to the 15th of June 2022, a cumulative total of 2,103 laboratory-confirmed cases, one probable case, and one death were reported to WHO from 42 countries in five WHO Regions.
Adetifa said “We have sustained and intensified risk communication and community mobilization activities for monkey pox.”

He added that global reports have it that the disease found in men aged 0 – 65 with a median age of 37 is most identified in men who have sex with men.

The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Dr Faisal Shuaib represented by Director of Planning, Research and Statistics,(NPHCDA) Dr Abdullahi Garba, stated that the number of persons who have received complete COVID-19 vaccination is far below expected target of achieving 70% of the eligible population by September

He said “Statistics shows that only 19 percent of eligible population has been fully vaccinated and only 25.4 percent has been partially vaccinated from COVID-19 and from this, we can see that we are very far away from the journey of achieving 70 percent of the population by September

“As of 10pm yesterday, 111,776,503 eligible Nigerian residents target for the entire vaccination cycle, a total of 21,236,404 people were fully vaccinated with a different mix of COVID-19 vaccines while 28,426,564 people were partially vaccinated”

The director of family health department, Ministry of Health, Dr. Salma Ibrahim Anas stated that with respect to the health of the family which is reproductive, maternal, new born and child health including the health of the elderly, very important progress has been made in the aspect of eliminating children genital mutilation

Dr Ana’s disclosed that Over two million girls are at risk of genital mutilation and 3,700 girls were saved from genital mutilation as a result of the awareness campaign that took place in five states.
Speaking further on progress made, she added that over 730,000 men and religious leaders, including traditional leaders, have been trained on the negative impact of female genital mutilation.

She said the campaign and awareness was also taken to the Boys so they can protect their sisters from female genital mutilation which she referred to as a criminal act

“Boys were also not left behind, as over 800 boys were also sensitized and trained so that they can work together as partners to protect their sisters from such criminal practices that happen in our respective communities.

“female genital mutilation still remains a problem in Nigeria. Globally, there are over 200 million people that are affected and living with it today

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“Out of this, we still have over two million that are at risk of female genital mutilation in Nigeria. So we have continue to partner since the launch on women, girls, adolescent and the elderly by the Minister of Health two years ago.

“So we continue to leverage partnership across the country. Part of the partnership we had recently is the elimination of female genital mutilation with the United Nations. This was implemented in five states that have the highest rate of female genital mutilation in Nigeria.

“These states are Ebonyi, Imo, Oyo, Ekiti and Osun. It was aimed at awareness creation on the hazard of female genital mutilation in Nigeria and also ways to reduce the practices and also inclusion of female genital mutilation indicators into the National Health Management Information System.

“The project will also scale up to other parts of Nigeria especially the northern parts. Jigawa and Kaduna states have been identified to scale up the project where the awareness will continue to be created until we are able to totally eliminate female genital mutilation”

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