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Nigeria Plans Eradication of Polio Virus By December 2014



The federal government of Nigeria is targeting December to terminate the presence of Polio virus infections in the country, Minister of State for Health, Dr Khaliru Al-Hassan stated yesterday at a press conference to mark this year’s world polio day celebration in Abuja, #Leadership reports.

“Our target is by December 2014, we will interrupt the transmission of wild polio virus and with all the indicators that we have now, we can do it. We are confident that it will happen,” the minister said.

Al-Hassan explained that with just six cases remaining, the country has recorded 87% reduction in cases and with the help of global partners who are very supportive, the country can attain the status of a polio-free nation.

“Nigeria is one of the remaining polio endemic countries and is currently acknowledged globally as one that has made the greatest progress towards eradication in the last one year.

“This is evidenced by the fact that while Nigeria has reported only six cases of wild polio virus as at October 15, 2014, Afghanistan has 12 while Pakistan has 206 cases,” the minister said.

“There is a programme by the government whereby rehabilitative surgeries are being conducted on these unfortunate victims. Over 500 unfortunate victims have benefited so far and it is an ongoing project in collaboration with our partners,” he said.

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