WHO Set to Declare Nigeria Polio Free

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it is set to declare Nigeria a polio free country.

WHO Set to Declare Nigeria Polio Free
A child receives polio vaccine during a 2013 vaccination campaign in Nigeria.

This is according to a statement by the Media and Communication Expert for WHO Nigeria, Charity Warigon, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Ms Warigon quoted Clement Peter, Officer in charge (OiC) of WHO office in Nigeria, as stating that in two months the country would reach three years without a polio case and could be certified polio free.

“The OiC notes that if Nigeria does not report a wild polio case in the next two months, the country will reach three years without a polio case and could be certified polio-free after submitting its papers to the regional commission in the first quarter of 2020.

“He emphasise Nigeria’s efforts to reach this milestone, particularly through building community acceptance of vaccines and strong political commitment.

“He cited ongoing conflict in North Eastern Nigeria, general low immunity levels, and funding as key challenges to the programme,” Ms Warigon stated.

She said the WHO office in Nigeria is optimistic of Nigeria’s ability to meet the polio free status considering government’s recent efforts to fight the polio scourge.

“The OiC expressed optimism that Nigeria is on track to meet its goals and that the government and its partners are implementing a number of strategies to overcome the challenge.

“Such strategies include strengthening primary health care, improving disease surveillance across the country, working with neighbouring countries on vaccination campaigns and setting up co-financing with donors,” she said.

(NAN)



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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