Polio: WHO To Commence Nigeria’s Polio Free Verification Process
The World Health Organisation will commence the processes of certifying Nigeria polio free in the later this year.
The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA),Dr Faisal Shuaib, made this known in Abuja, during the investiture of the 11th District Governor of Rotary International, District 9125.and his award by Rotary
The NPHCDA Executive Director said the 50,000 children are yet to be reached with wild polio vaccine in some parts of North-East due to security challenges.
“We still have almost 50,000 children that we are trying to reach in the next few months.“That is why the Chief of Army Staff went to Borno last month and reactivated the initiative”’.
`’Theatre Command Buratai Initiative Task Force’ (TCBITF) was a collaborative effort between the army; the NPHCDA and the Federal Ministry of Health.”he said.
“We are now seeing how the military personnel were collaborating with health officers to ensure that the 50,000 kids that were previously un-reached are now being reached with the medicine and vaccines,’
Dr Shuaib said the agency was collaborating with health officers to ensure that the 50,000 kids that were previously un-reached are now being reached with the medicine and vaccines.
“This is bearing in mind that no wild polio virus has been isolated anywhere in Nigeria. This is incredible and it is one of the requirements for Nigeria to be certified polio free,’’ he said.
The ED NPHCDA , Dr. Faisal Shuaib received a prestigious award by Rotary Int’l for his leadership, commitment to service & immense contribution towards polio eradication and successful response to Ebola outbreak.