The Director General, WHO, Margaret Chan at the 66th session of the World Health Organisation Regional Committee for Africa has said that WHO is ready to support Nigeria in eliminating polio from the country.
Chan recalled with admiration, the feat recorded by Nigeria in celebrating two years of no single case of wild polio transmission, regretted new cases of children paralysed by polio in Borno State.
The session ended with a strong commitment by WHO “This set back in no way undermines the tremendous job done by the Nigerian Government in getting down to zero case. You will get there again. We will get the job done,” Chan said, adding that WHO will offer the necessary support to Nigeria in putting an end to polio.
She commended the efforts of the governments of the region in creating improved health access and reducing the disease burden despite the huge challenges the continent was facing.
These results, according to Chan, “provides powerful evidence of what can be achieved in resource constrained settings, and an equal powerful incentive for further investment in domestic and foreign resources,” she added.