Home Health Agency vows nothing will stop Nigeria from being certified polio free

Agency vows nothing will stop Nigeria from being certified polio free

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The Executive Director, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, has expressed optimism that Nigeria will not suffer a setback in the success recorded on wild polio eradication in the country.

He said though the country has been experiencing another type of polio known as the ‘vaccine derived polio’, this will not stop the country from being certified free.

He said the certification will be given to the country “after it succeeds in eradicating all forms of wild polio in the country”.

He said the certification will be given to the country “after it succeeds in eradicating all forms of wild polio in the country”.

Mr Shuaib speaking at the 4th Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (NFELTP) Annual Scientific Conference in Abuja on Tuesday said the country has been successful in halting polio.

This, he said, was done by intensifying efforts to reach the hard to reach areas in insurgency ravaged Borno State.

The NCDC/NFELTP conference is an avenue where field epidemiologists gather to assess the impact of the profession on public health and outbreak response in Nigeria and globally.

It creates an avenue where evidence from the field are provided for decision making to drive precise public health action.

Field epidemiologists are professionals who work at the forefront of disease surveillance, response and control.

The theme of the conference is ‘Applied Epidemiology: providing evidence for public health action’.

Delivering the keynote address, Mr Shuaib spoke about Nigeria’s journey towards ending polio in Nigeria.

He said Nigeria was able to record three years of absence of wild polio because of the tireless efforts of field epidemiologists in the country.

He said the field epidemiologists, with the help of Nigerian soldiers “have been able to get as many missed children in Borno vaccinated”.

Long journey

Nigeria is one of the three countries aside Pakistan and Afghanistan yet to be certified polio free globally.

As at 2016, Nigeria was at the verge of becoming polio free after about two years of no record of wild polio detected until a case was reported in Borno.

This created a setback for the country as the country had to embark on rigorous polio immunisation campaign.

Mr Shuaib said Nigeria would not have been able to record the feat it made in the interruption of the disease without the assistance of field epidemiologists.

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