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Nigeria celebrates polio – free year

ABUJA (State House Press Report)

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has declared that his administration will do all within its power to ensure that no Nigerian child is ever infected with polio in the future.

He said this while speaking at an event organised in the Presidential Villa to mark one year without report of any case of polio virus in Nigeria. President Buhari pledged that the federal government will mobilize and deploy all necessary resources to efficiently complete the task of eradicating polio from the country.

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

In the highlight of the occasion, the President 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. He thanked all Nigerians and foreign partners who have supported the country’s polio eradication programme in different ways, saying he is looking forward to a formal declaration of Nigeria as a polio-free country in 2017.

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