Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has congratulated Nigerians for maintaining 365 days free of poliomyelitis in the country.
Saraki, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Press, Chuks Okocha, said the successes recorded in Nigeria in polio eradication was due to the relentless hard work of partners, religious, community leaders, and health workers.
He expressed pleasure with the successes in polio eradication that has a case study of 801 wide cases of polio reported in 21 states in 2005 with 62 wild cases and 34 circulating vaccine-derived cases, cVDPV that had an endemic transmission rate in 2011, coupled with 122 wild cases and 8 circulating vaccine-derived cases.
The Senate President who is a medical doctor further expressed happiness in the containment of Polio in the country because the transmission rate in 2012 was endemic with reported 53 wild cases and three circulating vaccine-derived cases which were recorded as transmission endemic in 2013 to now having no documented case of poliomyelitis in 365 days.
Saraki disclosed how he undertook a bipartisan approach as the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF by leading his colleagues, public-spirited groups and companies in private sector to partner with federal government and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a better and more extensive polio immunization in Nigeria.
He credited the successes recorded in the eradication of the virus to the introduction of the immunization Leadership Challenge.
Saraki urged Nigerians not to relent in this fight against polio which has been responsible for significant number of mortality and morbidity, mostly in children under five years of age, stressing that as long as a single child remains infected, children in all countries are at risk of contracting the virus.
He emphasized the need to continue the good work towards eliminating this crippling and potentially fatal virus until the World Health Organization, WHO certifies Nigeria polio free come 2017.

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