Minister of Health, Dr Khaliru Alhassan, has commended health workers for their cooperation and selflessness in the implementation of reforms in the sector under the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
The minister’s commendation was disclosed in a statement issued in Abuja at the weekend by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba.
The Minister observed that due to their professional diligence, Nigeria has achieved the World Health Organization, WHO, Leprosy elimination target of less than 1 case per 10,000 populations, and maintained that their commitment had resulted in Nigeria being certified Guinea Worm free by the World Health Organization, while also achieving unprecedented progress in curtailing the Wild Polio Virus.
He said Nigeria had successfully ended its ninth month without any reported case of the disease, noting that if this is sustained, by July 2015, the country will be removed from the list of polio endemic countries in accordance with WHO guidelines.
“The commitment of Nigerian health workers had resulted in Nigeria being certified Guinea Worm free by the WHO.
“Achieving unprecedented progress in curtailing the Wild Polio Virus has also been as a result of the efforts of the health workers.
“If this is sustained, by July 2015, the country will be removed from the list of polio endemic countries in accordance with WHO guidelines.’’
While recalling the bravery of health personnel on the front line of providing medical care during the incident of the Ebola Virus Disease brought into the country in July 2014, the Minister noted, it was their sacrifice and dedication that contributed in no small measure to ensuring that the Virus was quickly contained.


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