Below is a statement from the Nigeria Centre for disease control (NCDC) commemorating the World polio day which is today, 24th of October. The body also reveals that they suffered a huge setback in the eradication of polio in the north-east.
It’s World Polio Day. We join the rest of the world to reflect on the hard work that has gone into controlling this debilitating disease; especially in our country where we got a major setback from the North East after a fantastic effort towards being declared polio free in 2017.
The commitment of our government, people and partners will not be broken. This time we are pushing further into those areas that have been previously inaccessibility by security challenges. We are determined to reach every child with the Polio vaccine.
As Nigeria’s National Public Health Institution, the Nigeria Centre of Disease Control is working with our colleages at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency to continuously improve response activities. We know that vaccines work and will continue to work with partners to ensure our citizens continue to trust and participate in the immunization exercises. We also know that our surveillance needs to be stronger; and this is why we work day in day out to strengthen our surveillance systems, by taking disease detection closer to our citizens.
We celebrate our field workers at the frontline of polio response today. We are grateful for your resilience and sacrifice. We are confident that your efforts will yield great results for our children and future generations.
We cannot afford to fail.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu