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Nigeria to be 24 months free of polio in August says WHO

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The World Health Organisation Coordinator in Cross River State, Dr. Thompson Igbu, says Nigeria would have been free of polio for 24 months by August 2018.

Dr. Igbu made this known to journalists on the sidelines of a workshop on integrated disease surveillance and response on Wednesday in Calabar.

“Nigeria would have been 24 months free of indigenous polio virus in the country, if no case was reported.

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“Nigeria is doing very well in the fight against poliomyelitis in the country,” he said.

The expert noted that polio reporting system was very strong in Nigeria and the last polio case that was recorded in the country was in August 2016.

According to him, WHO had trained community personnel that quickly report any condition that looked like polio or any of the diseases on Federal Government watch list to the appropriate bodies.

“We have trained several community members called community informants, whom once they see anything that looks like polio, they quickly report to the nearest health centre.

“The health centre reports to the local government, the local government reports to the state and the state to the national level.

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Madagascar presidential election credibility in doubt as electoral body face charges.

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Madagascar’s presidential election result is likely to face stiff legal challenges, following accusations of electoral fraud and corruption against the electoral body.

Report says appeals have already been lodged with the country’s High Constitutional Court.



Madagascar’s electoral commission announced results on Saturday, confirming an expected presidential election run-off after neither of the candidate obtained the 50% of votes needed to win outrightly.

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According to the Independent electoral commission, former presidents Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, will contest the second round having secured 39.19% and 35.29% respectively.

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The outgoing president Hery Rajaonarimampianina, placed third in the polls with only 8.84% of the vote.

The commission said turnout was 54. 3%.

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Nigeria: Akwa Ibom PDP alleges APC thugs put House of Assembly under heavy attack.

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The Peoples Democratic Party, on Monday, alleged that the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly premises was attacked by thugs, suspected to be working for the opposition party.



In a tweet on its verified Twitter handle @OfficialPDPNig shared a photo and said, “the thugs allegedly invaded the complex, chanting the slogan “APC! Change” as they set fire and blocked the entrance to the Assembly complex.”

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The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly (AKHA), premises is under heavy attack by members of @OfficialAPCNgthugs. The thugs invaded the complex, chanting the slogan “APC! Change” as they set fire and blocked the entrance to the Assembly complex #AkHAUnderattack pic.twitter.com/5R8sMhC7RU

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