President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday welcomed Saturday’s announcement by the World Health Organisation of Nigeria as being among the world’s polio non-endemic countries.
Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday said Buhari was delighted by the cheering news and joined other Nigerians and the global community in celebrating Nigeria’s removal from the list of polio-endemic countries.
According to Adesina, the President assured the global community that the Federal Government will ensure that immunisation and surveillance activities continue across Nigeria to keep the country polio-free.
Adesina said: “President Buhari is delighted by the announcement which followed the absence of any case of the wild polio virus in Nigeria since July 24, 2014.
“The president applauds the concerted efforts of government officials, health workers, volunteer groups, civil society, religious leaders, traditional rulers and international partners which resulted in this historic achievement.
“The President directs all government ministries, departments and agencies involved in the polio eradication effort to remain proactively engaged and on guard against the re-emergence of the polio virus in Nigeria.”
The statement further urged all Nigerians to continue to be vigilant to ensure that Nigeria maintains its new status.