The World Health Organization (WHO) has commended Nigeria on its prompt management of the recent new poliovirus outbreak in Borno State.
The world health body’s regional director, Matshiduso Moeti, made the commendation at the 66th session of the African Regional Committee Meeting holding in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
She praised the openness of Nigeria’s Federal Government in the handling of the process that led to the discovery of the two new cases and the immediate declaration of Public Health Emergence in the area.
Ms. Moeti particularly commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his directive to the relevant government agency to immediately release money budgeted for vaccines.
Mr. Moeti, who noted the leadership of Nigeria in addressing the issue, pledged the commitment of WHO and other partners to work with Nigeria in addressing the problem of polio resurgence in Nigeria, adding that with concerted effort Nigeria will soon attain the zero polio case status.
She however called on Nigerians to remain calm as the government was doing the needful to protect the citizens from polio.
She said that the government’s posture was a great motivation for WHO and other polio eradication partners to support the country.
Nigeria’s Health Minister, Isaac Adewole, expressed satisfaction with the level of understanding of the issues around the resurgence of polio showed by the WHO and partners and the level of support promised.
He also expressed satisfaction on the agreement reached on the need for all the countries of the Lake Chad Basin to work toward kicking out polio out of the region.
Mr. Adewole expressed the firm commitment of the Nigerian Government to protect the health of Nigerians.
The permanent secretary, Health, Binta Bello, assured that the Federal Government would reposition its work force by training them in order to face the challenges ahead.