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Nigeria Record Elevated Number of Active Case of Yellow Fever in Africa.

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The World Health Organization’s weekly epidemiological record shows that Nigeria has an elevated number of confirmed active cases of Yellow Fever in Africa with about 15-100 confirmed cases.

According to the report, in 2020, 3,426 suspected cases were reported, of which 145 were confirmed either by the regional reference laboratory (RRL) or in-country polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Most confirmed cases were notified from July onwards, in numerous outbreaks, particularly in southern and eastern Nigeria.

Focal outbreaks in rural areas were documented in Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Delta, Ebonyi, and Enugu states from November 2020, although investigations indicated delays in the notification, with probable index cases dating from July 2020 in some states. There was an approximate 20% decrease in the number of suspected cases relative to 2019. The outbreak in some areas of Enugu and Ebonyi necessitated a reactive vaccination campaign in January 2021, targeting approximately 2.75 million people to interrupt transmission.

The campaign was supported by the International Coordinating Group (ICG), a post-campaign coverage survey that showed 74.9% coverage. For the outbreaks in Bauchi, Benue, Borno, and Delta, the country accelerated preventive mass vaccination campaigns (PVCs) to assure a timely outbreak response. Although challenges were faced in outbreak detection and response, including delays in case notification, stretched resources, limited access due to lack of security, and poor-risk communication, these were addressed by mobilizing national emergency response coordination structures for comprehensive outbreak control, with support from health partners.

Nigeria has the largest number of unvaccinated children, which is why the country is a priority for EYE risk analyses. The EYE strategy has been the key global coordination mechanism of the Yellow Fever community and has optimized YF control. EYE priorities include increasing vaccination coverage, addressing growing immunity gaps to maintain the gains achieved by mass immunization campaigns during the Yellow Fever Initiative (2006– 2014) in West and Central Africa, and extending the immunity front to high-risk countries.

The country has continued to accelerate campaigns for nationwide protection (target age group, 9 months–44 years). In 2020 and early 2021, PMVCs were conducted for approximately 47.5 million persons in Ekiti and Rivers, which had been postponed from 2019. These were followed by activities in Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Delta, Ondo, Osun, and Oyo between October 2020 and February 2021. In Anambra and Oyo, Yellow Fever PMVCs were implemented with the dual-antigen vaccine against meningitis in selected age groups, thereby improving campaign efficiency. The PMVCs also served as a form of outbreak response, given the delayed detection of outbreaks described above. The post-campaign coverage survey indicated the following vaccination coverage: Anambra (76.4%), Bauchi (83.4%), Benue (66.9%), Borno (80.1% in 2020; 52.5% in 2021), Delta (75.4%), Ekiti (90.6%), Rivers (82.4%), Ondo (65.8%), Osun (80.0%) and Oyo (75.2%).

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FRSC Warns Against Night Travelling Over Insecurity, Bad Roads.

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised against traveling by night, citing the deplorable state of most federal roads and increasing insecurity across the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) says the FRSC Sector Commander in Kogi, Solomon Agure, made the assertions in a statement on Monday in Lokoja.

Canvassing against overspeeding, Mr. Agure said no good road experience could come out of speeding, overloading, use of phone while driving, use of mechanically deficient vehicles, failure to use a seatbelt, and safety crash helmet, and several other road use infractions.

Mr. Agure said arrangements had been made for the commencement of 2021’s Ember Months and Operation Zero Tolerance to Road Traffic Campaign in Kogi.

He said that the campaign would be carried out under the theme: “Maintain Safe Speed, Avoid Night Travels And Enjoy Quality Road Experience”, and that the safety corps would be on the lookout to enforce strict compliance to laws and orders on the highways.

Mr. Agure said there would be high visibility of the corps on the roads across the state toward achieving the goals of the operation from now till the middle of January 2022.

He said that the command was planning to deploy over 800 personnel, 20 patrol vehicles, four ambulances, and heavy tow trucks for control of traffic.

“It aims at ensuring route lining, clear obstruction and responds to distress calls for all to have maximum road use experience during and after the p, period,” he said.

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BREAKING NEWS: Update Facebook, WhatsApp, And Instagram Creak Back To Life After Unprecedented Outage.

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Users were unable to access Facebook and Instagram late on Monday evening, but many still faced problems on WhatsApp.

Facebook has issued an apology for the outage which impacted the social media giant, along with Instagram and WhatsApp, for several hours late on Monday.

Facebook Engineering said in a statement on Twitter: “To the huge community of people and businesses around the world who depend on us: we’re sorry.

“We’ve been working hard to restore access to our apps and services and are happy to report they are coming back online now. Thank you for bearing with us.”
The platforms had confirmed on Twitter they were aware of issues and worked to resolve them after thousands of people reported outages shortly before 5 pm on 5 days.

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