Wpid Polio Nigeria
Polio Cases Reduces In Nigeria

Rotary club has announced $8.1 in grants to help Nigeria in its final push to eradicate the polio within its borders.

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The funds, according to Rotary, will be used by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF to support polio immunization campaigns, research and surveillance in the country.
Recent polio outbreaks Africa and Central Africa stalked from poliovirus that originated in Nigeria. These outbreaks appear to have been effectively stopped in 2014; however, the continued presence of the virus in Nigeria puts countries in Africa at-risk for renewed outbreaks. In addition to the $8.1 million in funds for Nigeria, Rotary has committed $18.5 million to be divided amongst an additional seven countries in Africa.

However in Nigeria reported the highest number of polio cases in the world as in 2012. However, the country showed remarkable progress in 2014, when it reduced its polio case count by nearly 90% over the previous year.

According to Funke Akindele, Nollywood actress and Rotary polio ambassador, Nigeria has made incredible progress against polio this past year and has reduced cases by nearly 90% in 2014.

?With funds from Rotary, the continued support of Rotarians in Nigeria and around the world, I believe there will be a day when no child in Nigeria will be at risk of this disease.? She said.

On his part, ?Tunji Funsho, Rotary?s National PolioPlus Chair for Nigeria, also indicated that Nigeria has managed an incredible feat as it gone six months without a new case of the disease, adding that ?However, now we must be more vigilant than ever, as our progress is fragile.?

Commitment from all levels of the Nigerian government to ending the paralyzing disease has proved crucial to the country?s recent progress. Experts urge political leaders to maintain this focus, even amidst Nigeria?s upcoming national elections next month.

To date, Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion to fight polio. Through 2018, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match two-to-one every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication (up to $35 million a year). In 2014, there were only 350 confirmed polio cases in the world, down from about 350,000 a year when the initiative launched in 1988.

 

 

Source: spyGhana.com

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