Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has commended the Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole on his proactive initiative in the control of Polio.
While speaking at the 11th meeting of the Presidential Task Force on Polio Eradication which took place at the council chambers immediately after the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, the Vice President who acted as the chairman of the occasion on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, re-affirmed the commitment of the federal government to bring the disease under control and free the country from polio.
He pledged the prompt release of funds appropriated for this course once the budget is passed into law; he also directed the relevant governors to tackle polio with all seriousness and commitment it deserves.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole who spoke earlier while briefing the meeting on the status of polio eradication in the country, said that the current PEI programme is on track to contain the spread of Wild Polio Virus through a robust international outbreak response and enhanced surveillance activities.
He also informed the meeting that strategies and priorities for 2017 Polio Eradication Initiative would be underpinned by strict adherence to the accountability framework.
According to him, the gains of 2016 would be built upon in 2017 and so far over 4,382 from the heather to unaccessed areas has been immunized with polio vaccine after 2-3 years of non-vaccination; in a special programme called Reach the Inaccessible Children (RIC), he appreciated officers and men of the Nigerian Air Force for their support.
The meeting which deliberated on the current government’s effort to combat the spread of the diseases in the county especially in the North-East had in attendance the State Governors, the Health Ministers, Representatives of WHO and United State Center for Disease Control (USCDC), Interfaith Agency and the Executive Director of Nigerian Primary Health care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib.
They noted that Nigeria has achieved over one year polio- case free since August 2015