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Nigeria Marks a Major Milestone – 3 Years Without Polio

by on August 21, 2019
 

Nigeria has made remarkable progress against polio.

The World Health Organization has certified Nigeria polio-free. It’s been three years since any cases of polio have been detected since August 21, 2016.

Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, said “there is no doubt that three years without a case of Wild Polio Virus is a historic milestone for the Polio eradication programme in Nigeria and the global community”.

He said: “This achievement would certainly not have been possible without the novel strategies adopted in the consistent fight against polio and other vaccine preventable diseases. We commend the strong domestic and global financing and the commitment of government at all levels. We appreciate the leadership and support from our traditional leaders especially the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Primary Health Care, donors, development and local partners. We give kudos to the efforts of all the health workers and the care givers for their patience and understanding.”

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Shuaib also acknowledged the support of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari who ensured that he walked his talk.

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