WHO Declares Adamawa Polio Free

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Minister of Health, Prof. Adewole
Minister of Health, Prof. Adewole

From Tom Garba, Yola
The Adamawa State Coordinator of World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Nuhu Ningi has confirmed that the state is free of Polio virus.
Ningi gave the confirmation in a statement signed by Abubakar Muhammed Director, Information and Public affairs ,Adamawa Ministry of health at the weekend.
He said that it was not an unknown fact that Adamawa has been one of the three states affected by the Boko Haram insurgency and its two neighbour states that record polio outbreaks recently.
He added that Cameroun Republic, which has a long border with the state, also suffered recent polio outbreak .
Ningi confirmed that in spite of the challenges the state did not record any case of wild polio virus since 2009.
He condemned a purported statement recently ascribed to the north eastern coordinator of WHO in person of Dr. Khalid, who was quoted as saying the that absence of Polio in Adamawa state was a “mere chance”
Ningi said: “It is very unfortunate to described all efforts of government and partners fighting against polio in the state as mere chance occurrence. This statement by the zonal coordinator is unfortunate and absurdly lacks scientific base.”
He lauded the state health workers and other stakeholders for being able to keep optimal activities to guard against polio outbreak in Adamawa.

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