Federal government has reiterated its commitment to end polio in Nigeria, assuring that no new case will be allowed in the country.
Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, made this known in Abuja on Wednesday while meeting with the
Expert Review Committee, ERC, on polio eradication chaired by the President, Nigeria Academy of Science, Prof. Oyewale Tomori.
It would be recalled that in July 2015, the World Health Organisation, WHO, removed Nigeria from the list of polio endemic countries after 15 months without a single case of the virus. It is expected that if Nigeria sustains the momentum, by 2017 it would be certified a polio free country.
Adewole said government would release resources for the success of polio eradication.
“With respect to funding even though we will not boast of taking care of all your needs but we would certainly do our best, we are quite committed. Once we get approval, we will give it priority because it would be a shame to us if we have one single outbreak. The Lassa fever outbreak is an embarrassment it would become a shame if we have another outbreak of polio virus.”
“We are proud of you, we would continue to support you, you made us proud so the only thing we can do is to continue to play our role as a nation and with the support of Mr. President and international backing, we have no option than to succeed in the final eradication,” he said.
The minister appreciated members of the committee for making the country proud. “Let me thank you and our
partners because we really value your support and we would love to see more in the health sector.”
Chairman of the committee said they would not relent in their effort to ensure that Nigeria becomes polio free in 2017.

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