The World Well being Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) have congratulated Nigeria on being declared freed from the wild poliovirus
WHO Regional Workplace for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, disclosed this in a press release posted on its web site.
The unbiased Africa Regional Certification Fee (ARCC) for Polio Eradication on Tuesday, formally declared WHO African Area is freed from wild poliovirus.
The assertion acknowledged that whereas the UN businesses congratulated Nigeria on the standing, they emphasised that attaining the milestone was not the tip of the job all youngsters below 5 years should proceed to be vaccinated towards vaccine-preventable ailments.
That is important to considerably cut back avoidable mortality in Nigerian youngsters below 5 years outdated, preserve polio completely out of Nigeria and guarantee higher well being and effectively being for future generations.
The UN businesses additionally congratulated fellow World Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) companions in Nigeria who helped attain this achievement: Rotary Worldwide; the US Facilities for Illness Management (CDC).
In addition they congratulated Invoice and Melinda Gates Basis and the World Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) in addition to Nigerian conventional and spiritual leaders and volunteer group mobilisers because the foot troopers who fought to free Nigerian youngsters from the wild poliovirus.
The assertion quoted Dr Walter Mulumbo, WHO Nigeria Nation Consultant, as saying: WHO rejoices with the folks and authorities of Nigeria and acknowledges that wild polio-free certification is undoubtedly the best public well being.
It acknowledges that the certification is the best triumph within the annals of Nigeria and certainly Africa that can bequeath to posterity classes learnt and greatest practices for addressing future public well being interventions.
Each UN businesses expressed sturdy appreciation for the function performed by all stakeholders, particularly the dedication and help of the Nigerian authorities in any respect ranges, growth companions, donors, conventional and group leaders, well being staff and caregivers.
This milestone is a clarion name to urgently rededicate sources to stopping the transmission of all forms of poliovirus, strengthening routine immunisation to maintain the positive aspects achieved particularly in excessive threat areas and conventional polio sanctuaries and sustaining top quality surveillance.
Equally, the assertion quoted UNICEF Consultant in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins, as saying: It’s a momentous achievement that requires celebration.
This historic achievement not solely signifies the tip of the wild poliovirus throughout all the African continent, however can also be a major springboard in the direction of attaining world polio eradication.
UNICEF joins Nigeria in celebrating this milestone and congratulating Nigerias youngsters, particularly however we should do not forget that the job is just not over, stated Hawkins.
All caregivers should proceed to vaccinate their youngsters towards vaccine-preventable childhood ailments, together with polio.
Non secular and group leaders, as champions of untamed poliovirus eradication, ought to proceed to mobilise caregivers to vaccinate their youngsters for all preventable ailments. Youngsters want their assist now greater than ever, Hawkins added.
Hawkins additional stated not solely was polio vaccination nonetheless essential, all routine vaccinations have been important to childrens survival.
We should all work collectively to strengthen routine immunisation companies and be sure that all youngsters below 5 obtain all vaccines, together with the polio vaccine.
This isn’t the time for Nigeria to take its foot off the accelerator. That is the time for Nigeria to strengthen its main well being care system, and provides routine immunisation an important increase.
UNICEF and WHO pledge to proceed to help Nigeria to strengthen its main healthcare system below the Major Well being Care Underneath One Roof (PHCUR) coverage initiated by the Federal Authorities, together with the purpose to have a minimum of one purposeful main healthcare centre (PHC) in each ward in Nigeria.
Nigeria attained wild polio-free standing after assembly all the factors for certification, which embrace three years of non-detection of any wild poliovirus case within the nation.
Earlier than the certification, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan have been the one wild polio endemic nations globally.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)