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Africa battling 125 disease outbreaks, says WHO

The Senior Adviser of the World Health Organisation Global Joint External Evaluation Secretariat, Dr Hendrick Ormel, said there were 125 disease outbreaks currently in the WHO African region.

He listed the diseases to include Covid-19, cholera, yellow fever, mpox, measles, wild poliovirus and circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus.

Ormel also said 20 human-made and natural disasters, including cyclones, drought, conflicts, floods and civil unrest were currently on in Africa.

Ormel stated that poverty and increased interaction between animals and humans were some of the reasons for the multiple outbreaks.

He said more than 60 per cent of diseases were from animals, especially in Nigeria.

According to him, Nigeria needs to empower and enable the implementation of the National Action Plan for Health Security to address gaps in health security identified by the Joint External Evaluation, the lessons from Covid-19 pandemic and other emergencies.

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