Olusegun Ariyo

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation have congratulated Nigeria on its recent status of being free of the wild poliovirus

A statement posted on the website on world health organization’s regional office for Africa in Brazzaville, congo, and that which was obtained by urban Express News Online stated that the independent Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) for Polio Eradication on Tuesday officially declared WHO African Region is free of wild poliovirus.

The statement put further that while the UN agencies congratulated Nigeria on the status, they emphasised that achieving the milestone was not the end of the job – all children less than five years must continue to be vaccinated against vaccine-preventable diseases.

“This is critical to significantly reduce avoidable mortality in Nigerian children under five years old, keep polio permanently out of Nigeria and ensure better health and well being for future generations”.

The UN agencies also congratulated fellow Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners in Nigeria who helped reach this achievement

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