Buhari Promises Polio-free Nigeria

polio-300x225President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday that his government would employ everything at its disposal to ensure that no Nigerian child is ever infected with polio disease again.

According to a statement by presidential spokesman, the president stated this in Aso Rock at a brief event to mark Nigeria’s successful completion of one year without any reported case of the wild polio virus.

He said Buhari pledged that the federal government will mobilise and deploy all necessary resources to efficiently complete the task of eradicating polio from the country.

“Today, 25th of July, 2015, Nigeria has successfully completed one year without any case reported of the wild polio virus. Achieving this feat has placed us firmly on the path to eradicating this paralysing disease from our land.

“I seize this opportunity to call on governors, traditional and religious leaders, the private sector, mothers and fathers to redouble their efforts towards ensuring that every child and every new born baby is vaccinated with the polio vaccine and other life saving routine vaccines,” the president said.

At the event, President Buhari also personally vaccinated one of his grandchildren against polio to demonstrate his commitment to eradicating the virus from Nigeria as well as the safety and efficacy of the polio vaccine.

While thanking all Nigerians and foreign partners who have supported the country’s polio eradication programme in several ways, he said that he looked forward to the formal declaration of Nigeria as a polio-free country in 2017. -Leadership

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