The World Health Organization, WHO, is worried over the resurgence of wild polio virus in Nigeria, after more than two years.
the WHO expressed sympathy with Nigeria, saying the Federal Government had, indeed, made strident efforts to ensure that the country was polio free.
The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said: “We are deeply saddened by the news that two Nigerian children have been paralyzed by polio.
“The overriding priority now is to rapidly immunize all children around the affected area and ensure that no other children succumb to this terrible disease.”
However, the Director of polio eradication at WHO Headquarters, Dr. Michel Zaffran, was optimistic that the situation would be redressed, especially based on the government’s commitment.
He said, “We are confident that with a swift response and strong collaboration with the Nigerian Government, we can soon rid the country of polio once and for all. This is an important reminder that the world cannot afford to be complacent as we are on the brink of polio eradication – we will only be done when the entire world has been certified polio-free.”
Indeed, as at 2012, Nigeria accounted for more than half of all polio cases worldwide. But the country made significant strides, and with the commitment of various government’s at various levels the tide was reversed. To demonstrate the success of the polio programme, the country marked two years without a case on 24 July 2016.