FG part­ners Chad, Cameroon, oth­ers to fight polio

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ruby Leo

The federal govern­ment is col­lab­o­rat­ing with neigh­bour­ing coun­tries in­clud­ing Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin Repub­lic to en­sure that all chil­dren leav­ing or com­ing into the coun­try are im­mu­nised against child­hood dis­eases in­clud­ing polio.

This is com­ing as Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan ex­pressed op­ti­mism that the coun­try will erad­i­cate polio by the end of 2014.

The pres­i­dent who was rep­re­sented by the min­is­ter of health, Pro­fes­sor Chris­tian Onye­buchi Chukwu at the polio sum­mit or­gan­ised by the health min­istry in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional, said so far Nigeria coun­try has recorded only two cases of polio in the first quar­ter of 2014.

Jonathan said though the coun­try has wit­nessed 86% re­duc­tion in polio cases, out­break of the virus in neigh­bour­ing Camer­oun and Benin may jeop­ar­dise the coun­try’s progress.

Nigeria has there­fore in­creased sur­veil­lance to en­sure that the present gains are sus­tained, Jonathan said.

“Let me call upon the gov­er­nors to con­tinue to pro­vide per­sonal lead­er­ship, in your state, for the pro­gramme, by re­quest­ing and re­view­ing monthly re­ports from LGA chair­per­sons, on the progress be­ing made in their re­spec­tive LGAs,” the pres­i­dent said.

Ear­lier, the District 9125 gover­nor, Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional, Mr Felix An­inze, said $120 bil­lion had been com­mit­ted by the end of 2012 by Ro­tary to erad­i­cate the polio scourge.

He, how­ever, said that be­cause of civil con­flict, in­ad­e­quate in­fra­struc­ture amongst oth­ers, the chance to erad­i­cate polio was missed.

PHOTO:

Emir of Lafia, Al­haji Isa Mustapha Ag­wai I (left), com­mis­er­at­ing with Vice Pres­i­dent Na­madi Sambo over the death of his younger brother, at the vice pres­i­dent’s res­i­dence in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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