World Health Organization de-lists Nigeria from polio endemic countries.

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated the resolve of his administration to sustain the current momentum aimed at eradicating polio virus in the country following the removal of Nigeria from the list of polio endemic countries by the World Health Organization-WHO.

According to him, his administration will provide the needed funding for operations and vaccine procurement as well as reintroduce the Presidential Taskforce in order to provide the political direction.

The president made this disclosure at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where he received an official report on the delisting of Nigeria as a polio-endemic country by the WHO.

The status report was handed to him by officials of the organization led by the body’s regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, who represented the director general of the organisation, Margaret Chan, in company of Federal Ministry of Health officials.

Buhari assured that there will be no complacency, adding that government will maintain and improve on the surveillance system as well as raise the childhood population immunity against the polio virus to avoid any spread of the disease and promised that the Health Sector under him will address the significant morbidity and mortality rates caused by neglected tropical diseases.



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