President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed optimism that African international locations can defeat the coronavirus pandemic, in the identical method, it eradicated the Wild Polio Virus on the continent.
The president spoke on the formal certification of the Wild Polio Virus eradication within the African area in the course of the digital session of the seventieth World Well being Organisation (WHO) regional committee for Africa, on the State Home, Abuja, on Tuesday.
I recall that shortly after assuming workplace in Could 2015, I made a pledge to Nigerians that I’d not bequeath a polio-endemic nation to my successor.
This certification is, subsequently, a private achievement of that pledge to not solely Nigerians, however to all Africans.
At a time when the worldwide group is battling the COVID-19 pandemic, this achievement strengthens my conviction that with the requisite political will, investments and techniques, in addition to residents dedication, we’ll flatten the epidemic curve.
I can affirm the dedication of all African leaders to this plan of action, the president stated in his remarks whereas celebrating the historic feat.
He assured the worldwide group that Nigeria would maintain the momentum and leverage on the teachings learnt from polio eradication to strengthen her well being system, particularly main well being care, and prioritise well being safety.
He added that Nigeria used knowledge methods, group engagement and revolutionary know-how to watch and predict the prevalence of polio outbreaks.
Based on him, the identical abilities and instruments are getting used to battle COVID-19 and the multi-country outbreaks of Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Viruses.
Buhari, who described the achievement as a very historic second, counseled President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa and Chairman of the African Union, below whose management, Africa crossed the ending line.
He recounted that the journey to eradicate the virus dated again to 1996, when Nelson Mandela of blessed reminiscence launched the Kick Polio out of Africa marketing campaign.
The Nigerian chief additionally used the event to congratulate Dr Matshidiso Moeti and the WHO Regional Committee for Africa on their untiring efforts, contributions and management in the direction of polio eradication in Africa.
We should guard this achievement of the eradication of Wild Polio Virus in Africa jealously and be certain that we take all crucial steps to stop a resurgence of this dreaded illness.
This can require sustaining the very best high quality of surveillance and sustaining inhabitants immunity by growing routine immunization protection and supplemental immunization actions.
It’s heartwarming to notice how the sturdy partnership between the International Polio Eradication Initiative and Governments of African international locations labored tirelessly and collaboratively to ship this success, he stated.
The president additional counseled the many years of arduous work and resilience of well being employees and volunteers throughout the area, Ministers of Well being and different stakeholders reminiscent of political, conventional, spiritual and group leaders who supplied the required help and management.
I’d additionally like to understand the invaluable help of our donors, improvement and native companions reminiscent of WHO, UNICEF, Rotary Worldwide, Invoice and Melinda Gates Basis, Aliko Dangote Basis, United States Centre for Illness Management and Prevention, GAVI, USAID, European Union, Emeka Offor Basis, the Japanese and German Governments, quite a few NGOs and faith-based organisations.
These are really the heroes and heroines of many battles which have made us triumphant within the battle in opposition to polio, he stated.
Whereas stressing the necessity to maintain vaccination of youngsters in Africa, the president urged African governments to proceed investments within the well being sector as a result of wholesome populations create rich nations.
We should proceed to construct belief between Authorities establishments, leaders and residents, in order that we will unite as a folks and confront the well being and socio-economic challenges we face collectively.
In his remarks, Chairman, Aliko Dangote Basis and Africas foremost philanthropist, Aliko Dangote urged governments throughout Africa to extend their price range allocations to the healthcare sector, to assist guarantee improved primary healthcare for the folks.
He expressed deep satisfaction on the last eradication of untamed polio in Nigeria, and by extension Africa after years of arduous work and collaboration amongst stakeholders.
Dangote, who performed a significant position by his Basis within the eradication of Polio in Nigeria, stated:
I need to commend our African leaders, particularly my very own President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria for his management.
All ranges of presidency have efficiently come collectively to make this present day attainable.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)