Health News: Nigeria Is Free From Polio Endemic- WHO Declares
The World Health Organization of Nigeria has announced Nigeria’s complete documentation for wild polio virus-free status accepted by the Africa Regional Certification Commission For Polio Eradication (ARCC). It was announced on thursday, June 18th, 2020 by tweet.
The Chairman, Expert Review Committee on Poliomyelitis Eradication and Routine Immunisation, Prof. Oyewale Tomori, urges the country to vaccinate children against the virus until the remaining two affected countries in the world(Afghanistan and Pakistan) are proven free.
Polio, which can cause a life long paralysis, was declared by the World Health Assembly since 1988 as an international concern that must be eradicated. Nigeria recorded more than half of all polio cases worldwide according to WHO as early as 2012.
The News has become an apparent joy when no report of polio cases was found for the last three years in Nigeria.
This is indeed good news, to be declared free from polio-endemic. We are declared free of wild poliovirus.
There is no more wild poliovirus circulating the country, this is a true and major step forward. Mr. Tomori a scientist at the forefront in tackling the disease expresses his joy. He also added that vaccination should continue until the two other countries battling the disease are declared free.