PDP Takes Credit For Polio Free Nigeria

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) celebrates with Nigerians for the delisting of the country as polio endemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), following the fact that there has been no single reported case of wild polio virus attack since July 2014.

The party said the feat did not come by chance, but through a concerted fight against the virus by the former President Goodluck Jonathan PDP-led administration, with the support of the Nigerian people and non-governmental agencies.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Tuesday said the party is happy to note that polio was eradicated in Nigeria by its government as promised by former President Jonathan, who had at the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Australia, pledged that his administration would end the polio challenge in three years time, a target which was met in 2014, when the last case was recorded.

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Nigeria Must Not Miss Polio Free Certification In 2017- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday warned that nothing must stop Nigeria from being certified polio-free by World Health Organization (WHO) in 2017.

He has ordered the agencies involved to increase tempo of the fight against the virus. He gave the order at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja while receiving polio high level advocacy team.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Linus Awute?, told State House correspondents at the end of the closed-door meeting, that “the President directed us to sustain the tempo that has led us thus far after 17 years and how to do that is clearly developed in the template upon which we are going to work in collaboration with the governors.

“As it is now, there is no polio in our country, but then, we still need to monitor that throughout a period of two years. That is why we need to intensify routine immunization, ensuring that there is no leakage, no gap until 2017 when we shall be certified a polio-free country, having arrested the transmission for upward of one year plus,” he said.

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