Nigeria Removes Name Off of Polio List

Farai Diza September 28, 2015

Nigeria Polio

Since July 2014, Nigeria hasn’t recorded a single new case of polio, removing it from the list of polio-spreading countries, according to CNN.

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Polio is a viral disease that eradicates nerve cells, causing permanent paralysis in children. The disease is known to be highly contagious and is spread through contaminated food and water.

And while countries Pakistan and Afghanistan continue to suffer from polio transmission, Nigeria has managed to further safeguard the health of its children both now and in to the future with effective planning and courageous implementation.

CNN reports:

More than 200,000 volunteers spread out in remote areas and braved attacks by militant group Boko Haram to immunize 45 million children under age 5.

It paid off.

Consequently, the World Health Organization recently announced through Twitter:

WHO Regional Director Dr. Matshidiso Moeti added, “Stopping polio in Nigeria has been a clear example that political engagement, strong partnerships, and community engagement are the engines that drive the momentum of public health program, enabling them to achieve great things.”

Nigeria’s polio accomplishment is particularly significant given that just three years ago, it accounted for more than half of all polio cases worldwide.

It will take another two years of no new polio cases for Nigeria to be declared officially polio-free.

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Last Edited by:Abena Agyeman-Fisher Updated: June 19, 2018


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