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
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.