The World Health Organisation (WHO) has, Thursday, declared Nigeria free of wild polio following the completion of documentation for the free status accepted by the Africa Regional Certification Commission for polio eradication (ARCC).
The UN health agency disclosed this on its regional office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, official twitter account @WHOAFRO.
“Today, Nigeria’s complete documentation for Wild Polio virus free status was accepted by the ARCC.
It is a historic day for Nigeria, Africa and the Global Polio Programme,’’ WHO described.
In a tweet at @drfaisalshuaib, the Executive Director and CEO of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, described the documentation as historical.
He adds: “Amazing moment in history to have had our polio-eradication documentation accepted by ARCC; the Nigeria team led by NPHCDA and partners demonstrated evidence of our polio-free status.”
While noting that Nigeria achieving a Wild Polio Virus-free status today is significant on multiple fronts, Shuaib says he looks back at the incredible leadership that has brought them here.
“Apart from President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the two most important people who have made it possible due to their financial and technological contributions have been Mr. Aliko Dangote and Mr. Bill Gates. Thanks for this unquantifiable gift to Nigeria,’’ he said.Follow us on social media