By Levinus Nwabughiogu
Following the successful interruption of polio transmission for two consecutive years in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that never again will Nigerian children suffer from the disease. The President’s assurance was contained in his statement to mark the second anniversary of the feat.
While congratulating Nigerians and the stakeholders that made the development a possibility, he said his administration would continue to encourage immunization and improvement of health care system in the country.
Buhari hoped that another feat would be recorded in 2017 when Nigeria would be conferred with the certification of polio-free status by the World Health Organisation.
He said: “Today, July 24, 2016 marks two years since the last case of wild polio virus was reported in Nigeria. I congratulate all stakeholders that have made this historic achievement possible and those who have worked tirelessly to maintain the effort and permanently halt new polio cases in the country.
“The next major milestone for us as a country is the certification of polio-free status in 2017 by the World Health Organisation. This administration remains firm in its commitment towards making this a reality by continuing to support in every way possible, routine immunization and the revitalization of primary health care system.”