Nigeria declared polio-free


The World Health Organization (WHO) has certified Nigeria and Cameroon free of polio.

Nigeria was said to have received the status after completing documentation which was accepted by the African Regional Certification Commission for polio eradication.

On its official Twitter handle, The World Health Organisation said the devastating disease was at the moment endemic in only two countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan – thereby bringing the world one major step closer to achieving the goal of eradicating polio globally.

The UN health agency is expected to formally present Nigeria with a certificate and also declare Africa free of the wild poliovirus.

Nigeria’s head of primary health care agency Dr. Faisal Shuaib described the achievement as a “proud moment for us and indeed all Nigerians”.


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