On Thursday the 1st of January, the Nigerian Minister of Health, Dr. Halliru Alhassan said Nigeria would be certified polio-free this month, he disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto while reviewing some of the activities of his ministry in 2014.
He said, no case of polio had been recorded in the country in the last six months, and this qualifies the country to be declared polio-free in line with global requirements, because only six cases of the wild polio virus were recorded in the last six months in Kano and Jigawa states.
“This feat is a remarkable departure from the nearly 52 WPV cases the country recorded during the same period under review in 2013, with this happy development, we are optimistic that Nigeria will be completing the six months required to be declared polio-free by this month. The country has indeed made tremendous progress in ensuring the total eradication of polio and it would be sustained. ”
He went further to express happiness that the nation was recording massive reduction in maternal mortality through the support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
This is a very big step particularly as Nigeria is one of the few remaining countries still struggling with polio. We really hope polio will be completely eradicated form Nigeria this year.