Minister of State for Health Dr. Khaliru Alhassan has directed the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and its partners to ensure that Nigeria exits from polio endemic countries in line with the presidential deadline.
The minister gave the directive when he received the Executive Director of the Agency Dr. Ado Muhammad who visited minister to brief him on the mandate, progress and challenges facing the agency.
Dr. Khaliru said the highest political commitment made by President Goodluck Jonathan and governors was to ensure that Nigeria became polio-free before the end of the present Administration.
Earlier in his briefing, the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr. Ado Muhammad said Nigeria has achieved 84% coverage in routine immunization, 59% reduction in polio cases in 2013 and that there had been no single transmission of Type 3 of polio virus in the one and half years. He said only one case of Type 1 of polio virus since the beginning of 2014