By ABDALLAH EL-KUREBE
Sokoto — Nine cases of the Wild Polio Virus have been recorded in four states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, from January this year to date, the Executive Secretary, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA, Dr. Ado Mohammed has said.
This was even as the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar 111, also said that some traditional rulers would meet with Bill Gates in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirate, in April to discuss the way forward over the eradication of the disease.
Both Abubakar and Mohammed spoke in Sokoto yesterday while briefing newsmen shortly after the first quarter of 2013 meeting of the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on PHC delivery.
Apart from the FCT, the states include Nasarrawa, Bauchi, Borno and Yobe.
Mohammed however, said there was remarkable improvement when compared to the 29 cases recorded within the same period last year.
”Even in the hitherto sanctuaries of the cases, progress had been achieved. This is courtesy of the involvement of the traditional rulers that are actively involved in the fight against polio,” Mohammed said,
adding that efforts were on to provide solutions to some of the formidable security challenges affecting the campaign against polio in some parts of the north.
”We are engaging the traditional rulers and religious leaders, as well as all stakeholders in finding solutions to the problem,” he said.
He also said that the Federal Government had set the target for Nigeria to eradicate polio virus by the end of this year.