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WHO concerned over reappearance of polio cases in Nigeria

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.

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.