World Health Organization – Nigeria Office
Supporting malaria control efforts. Dr. Mohammed Belhocine, WHO Rep. in Nigeria (Left) beside a vehicle donated by WHO to the National Malaria Control Programme.
Right is Dr.(Mrs.) Sofola, National Programme Manager.
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World Health Organization – Nigeria Office
The mission of the World Health Organization is to promote health education, research and protection of the human disease. With its network of agencies it aims at the expansion of medical services all over the world. Its website provides enough information on the diseases, prevention measures and possible treatments. It also lists the offices of the WHO in different parts of the world.
Nigeria is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO – Nigeria). It has a Tropical Medicine Specialist Surveillance Centre, which is one of the regional malaria staging centers. It also has a National Clinical Trials Centre, which is a facility for the conduct of clinical trials for new drugs. This centre houses over 1000 facilities to assist the patients, communities and society with the health risk assessment and risk management. These facilities include a primary health care unit, a secondary health care unit, a community health clinic, rural health centre, an epidemiological centre, and a nutrition and risk assessment centre.
Prevention and control measures are also offered. The programme offers vaccination against diseases that are transmittable by humans and those that affect animals. It also offers immunization against meningococcal meningitis, rabies, hepatitis, cholera, HIV, genital warts, ticks and insect bites.
Nigeria has a coastline of some six hundred kilometers along the Atlantic and Arabian sea.
It has a coastline that is mostly sandy and is surrounded by high mountains. It has rivers and lakes on its side. It has the highest density of forest in the continent.
There are many wildlife species in Nigeria that are known to prevent or minimize diseases. It has been found that birds do not get humans infected with various viruses that are transmittable by humans. This is mainly because the Nair National Park in Lagos State is home to a large flock of scrub jays, where all sorts of birds are found flying and walking on the ground. Other birds such as egrets, squirells, storks and tanagers are found near water and forest in Lagos.
There is also an endemic disease called Pneumonia. It is caused by inhaling infected dust. It can be contracted through breathing. A worker may also contract it if he comes in contact with infected dust when processing factory products. It is also prevalent among herders in Nigeria and South Africa.
The other diseases common to Nigeria are gastroenteritis, cholera and typhoid fever. Gastroenteritis is caused by bacteria entering the digestive tract through contaminated food. Cholera is caused by a virus that causes diarrhea and vomiting. typhoid fever is an acute infection caused by parasites that usually attack children during their childhood.
Nigeria has adequate facilities for treating imported diseases. It has many pharmaceutical manufacturing plants and research laboratories to manufacture medicines. However, there are no facilities to manufacture essential drugs. Nigeria has excellent epidemiological study and surveillance systems to contain and control communicable diseases.
Prevention and control measures are more successful than treatment in most of the cases. However, if a disease is not reported promptly, it can rapidly spread within a community. There is also a risk of becoming immune to diseases that are common. This can lead to an epidemic if proper precautions are not taken.
Nigeria has numerous travel and tourism agencies to provide health care assistance.
There are also private health centers and rehabilitation centers. The cost of treatment in these centers is low compared to hospitals. If you are traveling to Lagos and seeking treatment, the Nigeria Medical Association can provide you with information regarding local hospitals and physicians. The Buhari Health Services Center in Lagos has a doctor on staff who speaks English.
You can also consult World Health Organization – Nigeria office for information on vaccination recommended for you. However, there are many travelers who opt to self-medicate. For them, consuming some drugs like aspirin or cancer cells vaccines can make them feel better. However, self-medication should be avoided if possible. Consult your physician if you have any questions regarding malaria or any other diseases.
Lagos has excellent public transportation system. Public buses ply all over the city. However, private cars are also available for those who want to drive around Lagos. Taxis in Lagos are reasonably priced and reliable. You can also consider renting a car if you find the public transport too expensive.
For more information please visit website: https://who-nigeria.org/