Rotary donates $5,7m to eradicate polio

Rotary donates $5,7m to eradicate polio

The Rotary International has donated the sum of $5,732,360.00  to continue the fight against poliomyelitis in Nigeria. In a statement, the Director, Media and Public Relations at the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Boade Akionla said the donation was handed over to the UNICEF Deputy Country Representatives in Nigeria, Dr. Pernille Ironside. Poliomyelitis, is an infectious disease

The Rotary International has donated the sum of $5,732,360.00  to continue the fight against poliomyelitis in Nigeria.

In a statement, the Director, Media and Public Relations at the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Boade Akionla said the donation was handed over to the UNICEF Deputy Country Representatives in Nigeria, Dr. Pernille Ironside.

Poliomyelitis, is an infectious disease especially of young children that is caused by the poliovirus. Besides, individuals infected with the poliovirus are often asymptomatic.

Speaking during the occasion, which took place in Abuja on Thursday, April 11, 2019, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole commended Rotary International for the donation and called on other partners to support Nigeria on its efforts to become a polio-free Country.

The Minister said Nigeria was on its’ last lap to end polio; in the next couple of months Nigeria would be certified polio free. However, the Minister said that most important thing is that all children that are previously in-accessible in the North-East must access vaccinations  before the certification.

The Minister commended the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) for routine immunisation in the country. He said there is great improvement on the coverage of immunisation.

He said, “There is tremendous improvement on the routine immunisation, but we are not there yet. We need to work hard to ensure that we reach every child so that we can beat our chest and say yes, we are there,” Adewole said.

In his remarks, the Chairman Polio Plus Committee, Rotary international, Dr. Tunji Funsho, said that polio eradication was an expensive venture that required everybody to be on board.

“This donation would inspire other partners to come on board and support the Nigeria government; we in polio plus committee were reaching more and more children, more and more areas that are hitherto not accessible, particularly with the support of the military.

On his part, Ironside said that the donation was to complement government effort on polio eradication in Nigeria.  She said they were so interested to ensure that Nigeria was certified as a polio-free country, being the most populous country in Africa. “If Nigeria succeed, other African countries would succeed,” she said.

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