After three years without a recording a single case of polio, Nigeria stands a chance of being declared polio free by the World Health Organization (WHO).
A BBC report reported the head of the Primary Health Care Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib saying although Nigeria has reached the historic milestone, it would take some months before the country can be officially declared poliovirus free.
In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the Chairman of Nigeria’s Polio Committee, Dr Tunji Funcho said WHO will set up a robust surveillance system in Nigeria in order to ascertain there are no more cases of poliovirus in the country.
A BBC report revealed Nigeria is the last country in Africa after witnessing a case of poliovirus in Borno state in 2014.
It should also be recalled the World Health Organization had in 2012 announced Nigeria alone accounted for more than half of the total number of poliovirus cases recorded across the world.
WHO’s Head of Poliovirus Eradication, Michel Zaffran, voiced out a renewed call to vaccinate children against the poliovirus, stressing that vaccination would go a long way in ending polio in Nigeria.
He said, “To end polio, 95 per cent of children, at least, must be vaccinated, no matter where they live.”
In 2018, a total of 33 cases of polio were confined to just two countries -Afghanistan and Pakistan.