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Nigerian Farmers To Import Bird Flu Vaccine From Israel

Spread of bird flu across nine states in Nigeria has forced the import of nearly 1 million doses of bird flu vaccine from Israel// The poultry farmers in Nigeria would soon receive their share of the imported bird flu vaccine to protect themselves against the deadly infection. ....Bird flu has now spread to Yobe and Nasarawa states, according to official reports. No case of human-human bird flu...

Nigerian girl recovering well after removal of brain tumor

A Nigerian woman was ecstatic that she and her daughter traveled more over 6,000 miles to spend their Christmas in an intensive care unit // . ....Mariam Ameh’s 13-year-old daughter Faridah has been recovering well after journeying to Cleveland's Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, where doctors removed a brain tumor the size of a grapefruit, the biggest the surgeons had seen. ....The tumor to...

Bird Flu Appears In Nigeria

The bird flu’s virulent H5N1 strain has been discovered in Kaduna of Nigeria, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). This has given rise to fears that a pandemic may start in Africa, // as this is the fist incidence of bird flu in the Continent. Preventive measures like disinfection and quarantining have already been initiated by the Nigerian authorities, with regard to anim...

Bird flu in Nigeria spreads its wings to southern states

Information Minister Frank Nweke has said in a statement that a pathogenic form of bird flu has spread to three new states//, and one among them is Nigeria’s southern most state. ....Idemili, the southern state of Anambra, Oturpo in the central state of Benue and Port Harcourt in Rivers state have been confirmed to have the bird-flu virus. According to Frank, "The culling of infected birds and...

Chicken Farmers In Northern Nigeria Face Huge Losses

Bird flu has caused huge losses to chicken farmers in northern states of Nigeria.A senior Nigerian official said on Friday, that the farmers in the northern state of Kaduna have lost at least 65 million naira (about 500,000 U.S. // dollars) to the outbreak of bird flu since the deadly virus of H5N1's epidemic prevailed in January. ....Barnabas Dauda, chairman of the Kaduna State Chapter of the...

Meningitis Kills 5 In Nigeria

An outbreak of meningitis in Nigeria's northwestern state of Sokoto has killed at least five people, according to he official News Agency of Nigeria.// ..The cases of Cerebra Spinal Meningitis (CSM) have occurred in Sabon-Birni local government area. Initial figures reveal that at least 14 people have been infected with CSM. An outbreak of measles has also been reported in the area, but as of no...

Meningitis Outbreak in Nigeria Claims Five Lives

Cerebra Spinal Meningitis (CSM) has claimed five lives after an outbreak in the Sabon-Birni area of the Sokoto State. // A parallel outbreak of measles has also been reported, though there have been no loss of lives. ....The five dead persons were among the fourteen who were reported to be suffering from the CSM infections. ....The state ministry of health has risen to the occasion and has exped...

Fresh Outbreak Of Bird Flu In Nigeria

The Nigerian Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI) has confirmed an outbreak of bird flu at a poultry farm in Kakara village in the northern state of Kano on Thursday//. ....Timothy Obi, leader of the Avian Influenza task force team of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), has told reporters that the institute claimed to have diagnosed samples of dead chickens from the farm and found them...

US Offers Specialized Equipment To Fight Bird Flu In Nigeria

The United States has supplied the latest equipment and supplies worth $356 500 To Nigeria in an effort to help the African country battle bird flu. // The US embassy in Nigeria said that this equipment includes sprayers, rubber boots, GPS units, first aid kits, gloves and disinfecting brushes. ....US ambassador John Campbell said, "We have not given up the fight to stamp out this horrible dise...

One Nigerian Cocaine Pedellar Nabbed

Police have nabbed a Nigerian national and recovered 41 grams of cocaine from his possession. ....Acting on a secret information that Michael //Ofori Danagogo alias Mike, who was staying in the national capital as a student, would visit Motibagh area in south Delhi in the night of June 3 to deliver the contraband, laid the trap and arrested him... ..He has been booked under the Narcotics Drugs a...

Bird Flu Detected In Remote Nigerian State

Health officials announced that the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu has been detected in remote Taraba state in eastern Nigeria, which is the first African// country to be hit by bird flu. ....Although no human cases have been reported, experts fear that several cases have gone unnoticed. Currently 14 of Nigeria's 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory have bird flu in poultry. "We have iden...

Bird Flu Virus Reported In Remote Nigerian State

The remote state, Taraba, in eastern Nigeria, has reported the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu. Official sources, however, point out that in most //of the other parts of Africa, the spread of the virus is slow. .... Nigeria, the first African country to be hit by bird flu, has not reported any human cases, although experts warn that due to ineffective surveillance, cases may have gone undetected....

MoU for HIV/AIDS Signed by Nigeria and Clinton Foundation

The Nigerian government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Clinton Foundation of United States on Monday to allow the supply of affordable//, high- quality drugs as well as diagnostics for HIV/AIDS treatment and care. ..The MoU was signed at the Presidential Villa with Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and former U.S. president Bill Clinton who is on a visit to Nigeria, a...

Cholera In Nigeria Kills 80

At least 80 people have died in a cholera outbreak in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno. Health officials say nearly 2,000 others are affected.// Cholera is an infectious disease that spreads through drinking contaminated water. ....The state government has sent medical teams to deal with the crisis while it is reported that most affected are women and children. Alhaji Buba Umar, of the st...

Nigeria Donates $10 Million to Global Fund's Fight Against Pandemics

President Olusegun Obasanjo has announced Nigeria's donation of $10 million to the Global Fund in the fight against the pandemics of HIV/AIDS, malaria and// tuberculosis. ....The President made the announcement in a goodwill message to the inauguration of the Board of Friends of the Global Fund Africa, set up to fight the pandemics in Africa, holding in Kigali, Rwanda, on Monday February 12. .....

South Africa: Nigerian Man Treated for Lassa Fever

A Nigerian medical doctor who contracted Lassa fever in Nigeria is being treated at the Unitas Hospital in Pretoria, //the Gauteng Department of Health said on Wednesday. .."The patient is under continuous observation and is receiving treatment in the hospital's special isolation ward," said departmental spokesperson, Vusi Sibiya. ..According to the department's Chief of Operations Dr Abdul Rah...

Nigerian Programme Increases Polio Immunisation

An initiative to increase polio vaccination in Nigeria has been a success, but continued commitment from the government is needed// to help eradicate the virus from northern states, say officials. ....The Immunization Plus Days (IPDs) initiative was launched in May 2006 by the National Programme on Immunization (NPI) ˉ a government initiative with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organiz...

Own Up and Pay Up, Nigerian Party Tells Pfizer

A main Nigerian opposition party called Wednesday on US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to admit it carried out unethical drug trials in the northern state of Kano and pay the victims compensation. "The Action Congress has asked... Pfizer to accept that it carried out unethical clinical trials of the Meningitis drug Trovan on innocent children in Kano in 1996 and pay adequate compensation to all the...

Concern Expressed Over Poor Quality Bird Flu Vaccine Used in Nigeria

Commericail poultry farmers are going for vaccination of their stock against bird flu, but use of inferior quality vaccination is fraught with great risks, experts warn. ...Nigeria to date has officially banned the use of vaccines to tackle H5N1.Through culling, quarantine, disinfecting and surveillance of affected areas, Nigeria has achieved good success in reducing the disease incidence, acc...

Nigeria Launches Seven Billion Dollar Case Against Pfizer

The Nigerian government took a seven billion dollar (5.2 billion euro) negligence suit against the world's biggest pharmaceutical company Pfizer to court Tuesday, as the US giant demanded the charges be dismissed. ......But the government's case suffered an early setback when the court rejected a request to allow it to submit "additional facts", before presiding judge Babs Kwewumi adjourned the...

Nigerian Village Quarantined After 20 Children Die of Measles

Nigerian health officials on Wednesday said an outbreak of measles in a village in the northern state of Borno had killed 20 children and caused a further 100 children to be hospitalised. ......"The epidemic has killed 20 children and over 100 children are in two hospitals at Maiduguri, the state capital, for treatment," Abdulrahman Usman, director of infectious diseases at the Borno state heal...

Nigeria Files New Lawsuit Against Pfizer

Nigeria filed a new lawsuit Friday against US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer claiming some 6.5 billion dollars in damages for deaths allegedly stemming from drug trials. ......Hours after dropping its original suit claiming seven billion dollars in damages, government lawyer Babatunde Irukera presented a new complaint to the high court alleging the tests conducted in 1996 were "unlawful and repreh...

Nigerian Health Authority Crackdown On Sub-Standard Health Institutions

The Lagos State Government has picked around 1,065 illegal health institutions found to be violating various health laws . Accordingly, it will be moving in to arrest and prosecute the operators of these institutions. ...In an effort to wipe out sub-standard hospitals, clinics and chemist shops which constitute immeasurable health hazards to its innocent citizens, the government had last week...

Pfizer Says Nigeria Gave Approval for 1996 Drug Test

US drug giant Pfizer Thursday said it had got the go-ahead from Nigerian authorities before administering a drug that claimed the lives of 11 children in the northern Kano state in 1996. ......"We have written approvals from NAFDAC (Nigeria's drug agency), the federal ministry of health, Kano government and parents or guardians of the children before the clinical test of the drug was carried ou...

Pfizer Says Nigerian Court Lacks Jurisdiction to Hear Drug Case

US drug giant Pfizer Wednesday asked a Nigerian court to strike out a lawsuit against it by a state government over a failed 1996 drug test, saying the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case. ......Authorities in Kano, Nigeria's largest state, are seeking 2.75 billion dollars from Pfizer in compensation for the victims of the drug test which took place 11 years ago. ......"This court has n...
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