I have fulfilled my pledge to eradicate polio, we will flatten the epidemic curve too , Buhari assures

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed fulfilment as Africa has been declared Polio free.

Speaking at the formal certification of the Wild Polio Virus eradication in the African region during the virtual session of the 70th World Health Organisation (WHO) regional committee for Africa, he made it known that he has fulfilled his promise to eradicate polio in Nigeria.

In a statement signed by Buhari’s spokesman, the president expressed optimism that just like Polio, COVID-19 would be defeated both in Nigeria and Africa.

‘‘I recall that shortly after assuming office in May 2015, I made a pledge to Nigerians that I would not bequeath a polio-endemic country to my successor, he said

‘‘This certification is, therefore, a personal fulfilment of that pledge to not only Nigerians but to all Africans.

‘‘At a time when the global community is battling the COVID-19 pandemic, this achievement strengthens my conviction that with the requisite political will, investments and strategies, as well as citizens’ commitment, we will flatten the epidemic curve.

‘‘I can affirm the commitment of all African leaders to this course of action,’’ the President said in his remarks celebrating the historic feat.

The President assured the global community that Nigeria will sustain the momentum and leverage on the lessons learnt from polio eradication to strengthen her health system, especially primary health care, and prioritize health security.

He said Nigeria used data systems, community engagement and innovative technology to monitor and predict the occurrence of polio outbreaks, adding that these same skills and tools are being used to fight COVID-19 and the multi-country outbreaks of Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Viruses.

15 Comments

  1. This is a good news to hear
    Kudos to the government. I can really attest to this that the government has been trying to vaccinate children against this polio of a thing
    Kudos to government on this

  2. Well we hope these pandemic Come to an end very soon,meanwhile I hope the polio has been totally eradicated because some parts of the country especially rural areas are suffering.

  3. Talk about the case of insecurity and food forget about polio our mothers are now educated they can help there baby.

  4. Kudos to you for compliment the effort of the previous administration because if you don’t, nobody will query you. But you still have a lot of things to do in the aspect of security etc. May Almighty God help you

  5. You may have tried in that aspect but you still have a long way to go such as the issue of this COVI-19, standard health care system without going to abroad, eradication of poverty, creation of jobs and above all curbing of this insecurities. We are the to evaluate you not yourself.

  6. It is a welcome development but there is no employment in your regime at all u still have more things to do Mr President

  7. Before you assume, learn the facts. Before you judge, understand why. Before you hurt someone, feel. Before you speak, think.

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