Clock ticks to a Polio-Free Nigeria

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The chairman, Nigerian National Polio Plus Committee of Rotary International, Dr. Tunji Funsho alerted the public to the fact that Nigeria has a year and three months left before it is totally certified polio-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Funsho also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his concern in making Nigeria a polio-free country with his administration’s commitment of $90 million to support Rotary International’s initiative, which has been included in this year’s budget, as against the $50 million received last year.

“President Buhari personally immunized his granddaughter and also took the campaign to Daura, his hometown to show those who have been sceptical of getting their children immunized for one reason or the other, that there was no cause for fear, a feat that has gone a long way to make the work easier.

“This gesture was also appreciated by UNICEF, which made a badge with the picture of President Buhari immunizing his grand-daughter, to take to those homes that had been feeling reluctant to get their children immunized.

The last case of the disease was reportedly experienced on July 24, 2014 and the remaining countries in the fight of the disease are Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

The clock is ticking and until then, the country has been urged to uphold the present status and kick out polio completely from Nigeria.

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