Polio: Nigeria Scales Through First International Assessment, Says WHO Reps


Nigeria is set to eradicate Polio as it approached the third year of international certification, leading to a polio-free country.

This is according to the representative of the World Health Organisation in Adamawa state Mr Abdulrahman Pela during the flag-off ceremony of the 2019 first-round Maternal New-born and Child Health Week campaign in Pela, Adamawa state.

“We have had the first international assessment which we have passed. We are expecting the second assessment in September and what we experience in the first assessment, Adamawa state was among the state selected, likewise the second assessment.

“We hope that at the end of the assessment, Nigeria will be among the other countries that have been certified polio-free.”

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He explained that more needs to be done to maintain the polio-free certification, which he mentioned an improved routine immunization.

“That is not the end though, what remains is the sustainability of what is put in place, especially in the improvement of our routine immunization, provision of maternal and child health services and surveillance, in order to identify and clampdown on the ongoing vaccine-preventable diseases.”

Also present at the flag-off were officials of the Adamawa state Ministry of Health, the Saving One Million Lives, the Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency.