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my blog is on global science related issues; especially on the environment and health

Month: April, 2015

UNICEF launches U-Report in Nigeria

The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF and partners has launched an SMS-based platform called U-Report. The innovation will allow Nigerians to participate and engage in policy-making, governance and access information on key social issues.
To become a U-reporter, the user will have to register and use the forum to talk about happenings in their communities and send alert messages to relevant stakeholders like the media or political office holders especially those representing their constituencies at the local and federal levels of government. The technology also provides decision makers a forum to listen to millions of voices through simple messaging.
UNICEF Nigeria reports that in the last one year, with support from telecommunication service providers like Airtel, MTN, GLO and Etisalat, the number of U-reporters has rapidly grown to about 200,000 with thousands joining every month from all parts of the country. They expect the number get up to a million by the end of 2015.
UNICEF added that initiative also attracted strategic partnerships with civil society organizations, UN agencies and Government Ministries, who contributed by selecting poll questions and promoting the platform to Nigerian citizens, as a tool for civic engagement and community empowerment
“Today more than ever before community journalism through communication technology can help engender good governance, accountability, social change and improve health standards.’ said Jean Gough, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria. ‘U-Report platform provides a thrilling opportunity to contribute to positive social change in the Nigeria,’ she noted.
UNICEF strongly believes that through U-reports, communities can constructively contribute to the improvement of their standard of living and significantly contribute to transparency and accountability in the management of public funds.
To become a U-reporter in Nigeria text the word ‘JOIN’ to 24453. It is free.

Maternal and child mortality lecture in Lagos

According to UNICEF, every single day Nigeria loses about 2,300 under five children and 145 women of childbearing age. This makes the country the second largest contributor to the under-five and maternal mortality rate in the world.

Filthy Environment will continue to Obstruct Malaria Elimination in Nigeria

International Waste Summit in Lagos

The theme of the three day summit is Financing Waste Management in Developing Economies. Papers presented include:Funding waste management infrastructure, national strategy for private sector participation in waste management and concept and principles of best practices in sustainable waste management.

in an interview with Keluo Chukwuogo a process systems engineer with BOSKEL he said waste right now are being burried by various governments in borrowed pits: ‘every waste that comes from municipalities are put together inside that pit and these waste include medical, industrial and normal household waste, and the problem is that they keep decaying and rainfall keeps leaching out pollutants from this waste into the ground water that we use, so we are therefore laying time bombs for generations unborn.’

Lagos State to Immunise 4.3 Million Children Against Polio Virus

The National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs) campaign is a polio preventive initiative under the polio Eradication Initiative in Nigeria by vaccinating at least 95% of children between 0-59 months old with oral polio virus (OPV) in all the local government areas in Lagos regardless of their previous immunisation status

Ebola-Government Dismisses Scare of New outbreak in Nigeria

The Lagos State Government on 14 April 2015 discredited claims of fresh cases
of Ebola Virus Disease to Nigeria.
At an emergency press conference, the Commissioner for Health Dr. Jide Idris assured Lagosian that enhanced surveillance of the virus have been on-going to ensure the country remains free of Ebola. (Although when I revisited the borders after Nigeria was declared Ebola free, that was not what our camera captured)

Dr. Idris was reacting to stories published on http://www.mercyjblog.com/201504/breaking-ebola-returns-to-Nigeria-after.html and http:www.naijabadoo.com declaring that 3 people were already killed by the disease and 12 others infected. According to the said ‘rumour’ the deceased were returnees from Liberia. While the commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lateef Ibirogba who was also present believes the authors of these materials simply wanted to generate traffic to their websites; Dr Idris says:

“The propagators of the EVD rumour failed to give information on the date of arrival of the victims in Nigeria, the port(s) of entry as well as the name of the health/aboratory in Lagos where the confirmatory diagnosis of EVD was made’’

There was another account involving 2 Chinese visitors from Sierra Leone posted on twitter @iChexo on 12 April, 2015 saying the 2 Chinese died of Ebola at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital LUTH Idi- Araba . However, the Acting Chief Medical Director of the hospital professor Chris Bode told journalists has refuted the tale
saying: “This is to swiftly deny any such rumour and inform members of the public that no such event happened…”

“Our professionals at the emergency services, various lines of responders, laboratories and nurses all reported no such cases in our hospital…” the professor of medicine added.

In the mean time, the federal government has directed the public to ignore reports of recurrence of the Ebola Virus in the country and says: ‘’…The rumour is false and there is no known case of Ebola in Nigeria.’ We also gathered that the World Health Organisation WHO is investigating the matter.

The general public is advised to continue to adhere strictly to preventive measures against the virus and report suspected cases of Ebola or any known travellers from Ebola affected countries with history of persistent fever by calling the Help line:0800EBOLA HELP (0800-32652-4357

Whether Ebola has re-entered Nigeria or not, it only makes sense for Nigeria and Nigerians to remain alert because as long as our neighbouring countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are yet to come to grips with Ebola, the country cannot afford to be complacent