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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 
re-infection.


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
 option.


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.


ANTHONY OGUNLEYE
CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY
22/10/2019
FCTA/OCPS/PR/065


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