WHO commends Nigeria for achieving success against Wild Polio Virus
WHO commends Nigeria for Achieving success against the Wild Polio Virus
The World Health Organization (WHO) today advised the Federal and State Governments not to relax in funding of programs geared towards total eradication of the Polio Virus in Nigeria, adding that any laxity or withdrawal from the collective struggle could affect the Country’s achievement negatively.
The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, who paid a courtesy call at the Federal Ministry of Health Abuja, disclosed that She had received reports that States Government were already cutting down on financial allocation as contribution towards tackling Polio Virus in Nigeria.
“I just like to say that lately, there has been growing concern among the partners that financial commitments at the state level appear to be declining; I hope this is not because, there is a sense that we have achieved this land mark and now we can turn our attention to other things. Am told that some States do not release funds for vaccination and we know that this will negatively affect the quality of the vaccine”, She said.
Moeti also appealed to the Nigerian Government to continue to take lead in the fight against Polio in Africa so that other countries could learn from its experiences while also partnering with willing stakeholders including the World Health Organization.
In the same vein, the Perm Sec, FMOH, Mr Linus Awute said that if Nigeria is able to sustain the tempo while maintaining the achievement on the successful interruption of the Wild Polio Virus transmission, come 2017, the country should be able to celebrate a Polio free society.
Awute, who was to lead the WHO Regional Director later to the President rtd. Gen Mohammadu Buhari finally revealed that her mission was to officially declare that Nigeria has been able to achieve an enviable feat in the fight against the continuous transmission of the Wild Polio Virus.
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