WHO commends Nigeria on Polio fight

Gloria Essien, Abuja

The Nigerian government has been commended for its prompt response, leading to the discovery of 2 new cases of polio and the immediate declaration of Public Health Emergence in Borno State.

The Director of the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa, WHO/AFRO, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti made the commendation at the 66th Session of the African Regional Committee Meeting in Addis Ababa.

“Particularly, I commend President Muhammadu Buhari for his directive to the relevant government agency to immediately release money budgeted for vaccines,’’ Dr Moeti stated.

She lauded the bold leadership of Nigeria in addressing the issue, pledging WHO’s commitment and other partners to work with Nigeria, to address the problem of polio resurgence.

Zero polio
“You will soon attain the zero polio case status with concerted effort…I therefore call on Nigerians to remain calm as the government is doing the needful to protect you from polio. Government posture is a great motivation for WHO and other polio eradication partners to support the country,’’ Dr Moeti added.

Nigeria’s Health Minister, Professor Isaac Adewole expressed satisfaction over the level of support given by the WHO and other partners on the resurgence of polio, especially providing vaccines whenever available.

Professor Adewole also expressed happiness on the agreement reached for all the countries of the Lake Chad Basin to work towards eradicating polio in the region.

“The government is committed to protecting the health of Nigerians,’’ he added.

The Permanent Secretary, Health, Binta Bello promised that Government would reposition the workforce through training, to enable them face the challenges ahead.

Mercy Chukwudiebere