Nigeria Celebrates 3 Years Without New Wild Polio Cases
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Polio once threatened hundreds of thousands of people around the world. In 2019, there have been a total of 65 wild poliovirus reported in just two countries — the virus is 99.9% eradicated. Vaccination has played a vital role in reaching this point, which is why continued funding to the GPEI is so necessary. Join Global Citizen and take action now.
It has officially been three years since Nigeria last reported a case of wild polio virus in its country, marking a significant milestone in the fight against this infectious disease.
Nigeria was the last country in Africa to record cases of wild polio, which means that the African continent as a whole can now apply to be certified as polio-free by the Africa Regional Certification Commission.
“Being three years without polio gives us confidence that we’ve been doing the right thing to keep the poliovirus at bay,” Tunji Funsho, Nigeria National PolioPlus Chair for Rotary International, told Global Citizen. “But there’s a lot that still needs to be done before certification.”
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