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No date for eradication of polio — Ali Pate

By Chinyere Amalu

ABUJA- The believe by so many Nigerians that Polio would be eradicated by 2010, was yesterday dashed as 18th Experts Review Committee (ERC) meeting which has just ended revealed that there is no definite date set to bring the disease to a halt.

Briefing newsmen yesterday in Abuja on the outcome of the review meeting, the Executive Secretary of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Prof. Muhammed Ali Pate, said if more effort is added to the progress made so far, there will be major breakthrough in polio interruption.

According to Pate, with the continuous Immunisation Plus Days (IPDs) that have been carried out in recent times, the rate of transmission of the disease has reduced drastically.

“We have prevented the transmission of WPV from hundreds and thousands of Nigerian children as a result of the improvement in our programme as well as the support of our leaders at all levels’, he said.

He pointed out that “ unlike previous years the states of Jigawa and Kano have not had a single case of Type 1 polio virus since January 2009 and that is important progress because last year by this time we had more than 597 and a lot of them were from Kano, Jigawa and other states in the northern part of the country.


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