Nigeria Wins War Against Polio' WHO Declares
Nigeria has been declared to be free of poliomyelitis (a disease that causes paralysis in children below five years) by World Health Organization (WHO).
The UN health agency is expected to formally present Nigeria with a certificate.
Nigeria’s head of primary health care agency Dr. Faisal Shuaib described the achievement as a “proud moment for us and indeed all Nigerians”.
Health experts in the country welcomed the development but urged caution.
For a country to be declared polio-free it must ensure high immunisation coverage and prove there have been no transmissions for at least three consecutive years.
It should also maintain a surveillance and outbreak preparedness system.
Cameroon’s Health Minister Malachie Manaouda had on Wednesday announced that the country had been certified free of polio.
With that, Africa seems to be free of polio virus.
Afghanistan and Pakistan are now the only countries with cases of the wild poliovirus