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Nigeria celebrates two years of being polio-free

Nigeria celebrates two years of being polio-free


Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has commended his country for going two years without a reported case of the poliovirus.

Poliomyelitis is an infectious disease that affects mainly children and causes paralysis of the limbs. Nigeria reported more than half the world’s cases in 2012 creating a lot of panic which prompted swift response.

The president, in a tweet on Sunday, said the country awaits certification from the World Health Organisation in 2017 declaring the country polio-free.

This certification can be attained when the country records not even a single case by July 2017. Nigeria was removed from the polio endemic-list in September 2015.

“We’re committed to making the certification a reality, by supporting routine immunization, and revitalizing our primary health care system,” President Buhari assured.

Polio is preventable by administering the polio vaccine over a period of time. The disease is spread from person to person through ingesting fecal matter or food and water containing the fecal matter.

In up to 70% of polio infections, there are no symptoms but gradual development of muscle weakness leading to paralysis.