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Nigeria civil service records tremendous improvement under Yemi-Esan – Perm Sec.



Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan

Dr Sani Gwarzo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has scored the nation’s Public Service high, considering numerous achievements under the leadership of Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan.

Gwarzo made the commendation at Juma’ah Prayer to mark the Civil Service Week, at the National Mosque Abuja on Friday.

He, therefore, called on all Muslim Faithful and all Nigerians to pray for the sustainability of the sector, being the engine room of the nation’s economy.

“The civil service has recorded tremendous improvement under the leadership of Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan and I cannot enumerate the number of areas of achievements to include digitisation of the civil service, performance management system.

“For the first time in history of Nigeria the office of the HOCSF does not work on paper, it is paperless at the moment.


“Everything you do, you interacts in that office, every approval process, every procedure is digitally maintained and that efficiency has also transcended down to the Ministries, ” Gwarzo said.

Dr Muhammad-Kabir Adam, Chief Imam of the National Mosque, in his sermon titled, ”Stand up to help one another”, called on Nigerians to try as much as they could to assist others who are struggling to live at such a difficult period we are in the country.

“The sermon of today is calling on Nigerians to stand to help one another. If you have, you also need to assist anyone that have not so that the life will be better for all as we are living together in this part of the world-that is Nigeria.

“Nigeria is our country, therefore, we have to assist one another. That is the main theme of the sermon of today. “

He also used the occasion to pray for all civil servants and leaders in the sector, tasking them to put more efforts to sustain their good works.


“We pray specially for the civil service celebration week. The civil service is the workforce of the country, they are the one that steering the management of this country.

“We call on them to continue to deliver good services as we regard them as representatives of Allah in their affairs. What they are doing is sacrificial services to the country, ” he said.


Diphtheria: Children at risk as 7,202 cases are confirmed in Nigeria



A staggering 7,202 cases of diphtheria, a highly contagious bacterial infection that can be fatal without treatment, were confirmed in Nigeria last week.

The outbreak has been particularly severe among children under 14, with three-quarters of cases (73.6%) in this age group.

Most cases have been recorded in Kano state, Nigeria’s second most populous state. In the past three months, there have been 453 deaths from diphtheria in Nigeria.

Diphtheria is a vaccine-preventable disease, but low vaccination rates in Nigeria have made the outbreak possible. Only 42% of children under 15 in Nigeria are fully protected from diphtheria.

Diphtheria symptoms begin with a sore throat and fever. In severe cases, the bacteria produce a toxin that can block the airway, causing difficulty breathing and swallowing. The toxin can also spread to other body parts, causing heart kidney problems and nerve damage.


Save the Children is launching a wide-scale health response in the three most impacted states of Kano, Yobe, and Katsina. The organization is deploying expert health and supply chain staff to help overstretched clinics detect and treat diphtheria cases and to support mass vaccination campaigns.

However, Save the Children warns that a mass vaccination campaign will only be successful if the vaccine shortage is urgently addressed.

Severe shortages in Nigeria of the required vaccine and the antitoxin needed to treat the disease mean that the situation could continue to escalate, placing many children at risk of severe illness and death.

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WHO releases $16m to tackle cholera, says Director-General



The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies to tackle cholera.

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said this during an online news conference.

Ghebreyesus said that the organisation was providing essential supplies, coordinating the on the ground response with partners, supporting countries to detect, prevent and treat cholera, and informing people how to protect themselves.

“To support this work, we have appealed for 160 million dollars, and we have released more than 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies.

“But the real solution to cholera lies in ensuring everyone has access to safe water and sanitation, which is an internationally recognized human right,” he said.


According to him, in the previous week, WHO published new data showing that cases reported in 2022 were more than double those in 2021.

He said that the preliminary data for 2023 suggested was likely to be even worse.

“So far, 28 countries have reported cases in 2023 compared with 16 during the same period in 2022.

“The countries with the most concerning outbreaks right now are Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq and Sudan.

“Significant progress has been made in countries in Southern Africa, including Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but these countries remain at risk as the rainy season approaches,” Ghebreyesus said.


According to him, the worst affected countries and communities are poor, without access to safe drinking water or toilets.

He said that they also face shortages of oral cholera vaccine and other supplies, as well as overstretched health workers, who are dealing with multiple disease outbreaks and other health emergencies.

On COVID-19, Ghebreyesus said that as the northern hemisphere winter approaches, the organisation continued to see concerning trends.

He said that among the relatively few countries that report them, both hospitalisations and ICU admissions have increased in the past 28 days, particularly in the Americas and Europe.

WHO boss said that meanwhile, vaccination levels among the most at-risk groups remained worryingly low.


“Two-thirds of the world’s population has received a complete primary series, but only one-third has received an additional, or “booster” dose.

“COVID-19 may no longer be the acute crisis it was two years ago, but that does not mean we can ignore it,” he said.

According to him, countries invested so much in building their systems to respond to COVID-19.

He urged countries to sustain those systems, to ensure people can be protected, tested and treated for COVID-19 and other infectious threats.

“That means sustaining systems for collaborative surveillance, community protection, safe and scalable care, access to countermeasures and coordination,” he said.

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