As part of efforts to ensure the complete eradication of polio from the
Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Minister, Malam Muhammad
Musa Bello has assured that campaign efforts will be intensified while
partnership built against polio would be sustained to guide against
Malam Bello who gave the assurance at the start of Polio Week
organized by Cedarcrest Polio Centre, Abuja, said now was not
the time to relent just as Nigeria was about to be declared and
certified a Polio free country, stressing that failure not was not an
He said that even though the FCT has performed quite well in the fight
against polio, “we will not rest on our laurels as our campaigns will
be intensified. We have come so far and fought so hard over the
years, so much so that failure now is not an option. We intend to
sustain the network of partnership we have built against polio and
maintain watch against re-infection”.
He continued, “while it is heartwarming to note that in just a few months
, Nigeria will be declared polio free if no new cases of infection are
registered, it must be mentioned that there can be no room for
complacency. Nothing should be taken for granted and vigilance
should be our watchword”.
The Minister said the FCT has left no stone unturned in the quest to
ensure that every eligible child is immunized, adding that so far, five
out of the six area councils of the FCT have achieved 90 per cent
coverage and for over six years, no new case of the disease has been
recorded in the FCT.
He therefore called for vigilance while commending health
workers for their efforts towards the attainment and maintenance of
the status so far reached in the fight against polio.
Malam Bello also commended Cedarcrest Polio Centre and its partner
s for efforts not only in the fight against polio in the country but also
in making treatment available to people living with residual deformities
after suffering from the disease.
He described polio as one of the most devastating diseases that
can affect an individual, particularly, “because of its ability to cause
paralysis and deformation of limbs and significantly lower the quality
of lives of victims”.
In a welcome address earlier, the Director, Cedarcrest Polio Centre,
Dr. Felix Ogedengbe called for the establishment of an active
referral Centre for polio patients in Nigeria where victims can seek
help and care.
CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY
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