NigeriaIs Free, Polio Free At Last-WHO

NigeriaIs Free, Polio Free At Last-WHO

Nigeria has moved a defining step closer to be officially certified Polio free following the acceptance of the country’s completion of the documentation for Polio free status by World Health Organization, WHO.
The disclosure was made by the Brazzaville, Congo, regional office of the global health organization via its Twitter handle, @WHOAFRO.
“Today, Nigeria’s complete documentation for Wild Polio virus free status was accepted by the Africa Regional Certification Commission, ARCC, for polio eradication (ARCC). It is a historic day for Nigeria, Africa and the Global Polio Programme,’’ WHO’s statement read.
While appraising the development in a twit, Executive Director and CEO, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib, described ARCC’s acceptance of the documentation as an amazing historical reality.
“Amazing moment in history to have had our polio-eradication documentation accepted by ARCC. The Nigeria team led by NPHCDA and partners demonstrated evidence of our polio-free status. Nigeria achieving a Wild Polio Virus-free status today, is significant on multiple fronts. I look back at the incredible leadership that has brought us here.”
Shuaib, who commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to the eradication process, also paid glowing tributes to both Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Bill Gate for the immense financial contributions they made towards eradicating the wild Polio virus in Africa’s most populous nation.
“I look back at the incredible leadership that has brought us here. Apart from President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the two most important people who have made it possible due to their financial and technological contributions have been Mr Aliko Dangote and Mr Bill Gates. Thanks for this unquantifiable gift to Nigeria,’’ Shuaib said.
There has been a determined process to eradicate the Polio virus in the country since 1988. However, the latest certification rating is coming on the heels of the UN agency’s recent announcement that Nigeria is no longer on the global Polio endemic list, where it was listed erstwhile alongside Pakistan and Afghanistan.
WHO noted in the report that Nigeria has made remarkable progress against polio, insisting however that it must step up its vigilance in order to protect the modest gains it made over the years by ensuring that polio does not return. Relevant reports have it that Nigeria has not had any new in over 12 months.
“Immunization and surveillance activities must continue to rapidly detect a potential re-introduction or re-emergence of the virus,” the agency said.

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