Nigeria soon to be polio-free


The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, says Nigeria is on course to obtaining a polio-free status, having spent the last 18 months without a reported case.

This, he said, was a result of aggressive efforts made by the government and other critical stakeholders to address the issue of low routine immunization coverage across the country.

He made this known on Monday while addressing delegates to the meeting of the African Regional Certification Commission on Polio Eradication holding in Abuja.

Adewole also assured the delegates as well as donor agencies present that the federal government will continue to provide all the required human and material resources to finish the job of polio eradication in the country.

Recall that in Nigeria, after almost two years without an outbreak, four polio cases were confirmed in 2016 from areas that were under Boko Haram Insurgency in Borno State.