The World Health Organisation said on Monday that the German government had expressed satisfaction with the progress of polio eradication in Nigeria. The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, had on August 21, 2019 said Nigeria had begun the process of documentation towards the final stages of being declared a polio-free society.
He said by June 2020, the country could achieve the status.
In December 2019, an assessment team from the WHO visited Nigeria to verify the nation’s claim of having eradicated polio, with NPHCDA Incident Manager, National Polio Emergency Operation Centre, Dr Usman Adamu, saying that the team was satisfied with what it saw.
WHO said on its website that the German government had been a long term supporter of the polio eradication programme in Nigeria, adding that it had provided longstanding financial support.
According to the Officer in Charge, World Health Organisation, Dr Clement Peter, since the detection of the wild polio virus three years ago, the Nigerian government, with support from the Government of Germany and other partners, implemented various innovations during outbreak response and scheduled polio campaigns to halt transmission of the virus.
He said, “Surveillance has been strengthened and technological innovations such as e-surveillance and use of audio visual techniques for AFP detection and expansion of community informant network helped to further increase sensitivity of surveillance to detect any suspect cases.”
WHO said that a member of parliament (Germany), who spoke on behalf of the German Government, acknowledged the achievements of the NPHCDA, WHO, and UNICEF in polio eradication and the positive impact they had made in the journey.
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