Nigeria Is Now Polio Free – WHO

Nigeria Is Now Polio Free – WHO

By Wires Editor | The Trent on June 19, 2020
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World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus looks on during a press conference following an emergency talks over the new SARS-like virus spreading in China and other nations in Geneva on January 22, 2020. | PIERRE ALBOUY/AFP via Getty Images

The World Health Organisation, WHO, has declared Nigeria free of wild polio, following the completion of documentation for the free status.

The UN health agency disclosed this on its regional office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, official twitter account @WHOAFRO on Thursday, June 18, 2020.

“Today, Nigeria’s complete documentation for Wild Polio virus-free status was accepted by the Africa Regional Certification Commission for polio eradication, ARCC.

“It is a historic day for Nigeria, Africa, and the Global Polio Programme,’’ WHO said.

Meanwhile, Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director and CEO of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, in a tweet at @drfaisalshuaib described the documentation as historical.

“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.

“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 Aliko Dangote and Bill Gates.

“Thanks for this unquantifiable gift to Nigeria,’’ he said.

Source: The Nation

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