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International Journal of Virology
  Year: 2010 | Volume: 6 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 1-6
DOI: 10.3923/ijv.2010.1.6
 
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H1N1 Influenza Epidemic: Public Health Implications for Nigeria
T.T. Sar, P.T. Aernan and R.S. Houmsou

Abstract:
This study is a review that explores the Swine influenza pandemic, its public Health implications on Nigeria, assesses the Nigerian health authorities response to the pandemic and proffers recommendations on effective means of prevention and control. In April 2009, an old and ancient infectious agent that has for centuries plagued man, oftentimes with disastrous consequences, resurfaced: this time as the H1N1 influenza virus. It was quickly, though erroneously, tagged the Swine flu. It quickly spread through the world, leaving behind a number of casualties. Its rapid spread forced the World Health Organization to declare it a pandemic by June of 2009. Though much of the current wave of attack has been outside the shores of Nigeria, where in most cases, professional expertise and the resources to deploy in stemming the tide of the pandemic is backed by the political will to fight the pandemic, this cannot be said to be the case in Nigeria, a developing West African country, with a population of about 150 million, mostly poor and illiterate, with poorly developed health system, problems compounded by oftentimes poor government response to emerging world health problems, without the necessary will to effectively combat them. If the Nigerian health authorities do not wake up to their responsibilities and adopt far reaching strategies to contain this and other infectious diseases, the health of the citizens may be at great risk.
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How to cite this article:

T.T. Sar, P.T. Aernan and R.S. Houmsou, 2010. H1N1 Influenza Epidemic: Public Health Implications for Nigeria. International Journal of Virology, 6: 1-6.

DOI: 10.3923/ijv.2010.1.6

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ijv.2010.1.6

 
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