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Friday, October 23, 2015

WHO DG to Present Certificate Delisting Nigeria From Polio Endemic Countries

This will place Nigeria at the verge of eradicating polio as the World Health Organization (WHO) is set to formally pronounce the delisting of Nigeria as a polio-endemic country before President Muhammadu Buhari.

The announcement a couple of weeks ago at the 70th United Nations (UN) conference in New York, United States heralded the official move to delist Nigeria from polio-endemic countries alongside Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The event which is scheduled for the State House on 26th October, 2015 will see the country hosting the Director-General of WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan, who will be represented by WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso R. Moeti.
According to the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Linus Awute, "The Regional Director will meet with Mr. President to formally announce to the Government of Nigeria the WHO's decision to remove Nigeria from the list of polio-endemic countries, as a recognition of the immediate achievement of Nigeria in stopping the transmission of the Wild Polio Virus for a period of fourteen months, which has exceeded WHO's target for interruption."
[Paul Obi, All Africa]

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