Nigeria May be Free from Polio By 2019

Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA)
Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says Nigeria may be certified polio-free in next 11 months, if access to insecure areas in Borno State and some parts of the North-East, improves. He disclosed this on Monday 29th October 2018, in Abuja during the 36th meeting of the Expert Review Committee on Polio and Routine Immunization in Nigeria.
The executive director said Nigeria was very close to obtaining a polio eradication certificate, adding that the country had gone over 24 months with very strong surveillance without a case of wild polio virus. Mr. Shuaib said the surveillance showed clearly that government was not missing any wild polio in the country.
He said, “If this positive trajectory continues, then it is very likely that certification institutions will review the progress that Nigeria has made and the lack of wild polio virus transmission. Very likely, in the next few months, we will be certified a polio-free nation. It will be an unprecedented declaration in the life of Nigerians; a situation where no single child is paralyzed due to wild polio virus,” he said.
He has therefore urged parents and caregivers to visit health facilities and access such services.

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