The Nigerian government has repeated its commitment to work towards the World Health Organisation’s certification as a polio-free country in 2017.
President Muhammadu Buhari restated this commitment in a statement on Saturday as the country marked the second anniversary of the interruption of polio-virus transmission in the country.
WHO regulation stipulates that a country must be have no new cases of polio virus transmission in three years before being certified polio-free.
Mr Buhari said the government will strive to attain the polio-free certification by intensifying “routine immunization and the revitalization of primary health care system.”
“As a nation, we are cooperating with international public and private partners to ensure that in our lifetime our children do not suffer from this crippling disease again,” he said.
“We recognize the power of global partnership to achieve a polio-free world and Nigeria will continue to honour its commitment to ensure that this disease is wiped off the face of the earth for good,” he added.
He said in the last year, the country has had to surmount dwindling revenue, disruption of services by health workers and insecurity in states with high prevalence of polio to make sure the crippling disease which targets children under the age of five did not make a comeback.