7. FG, WHO, UNICEF to eradicate Polio in Borno state.
The Federal Ministry of Health supported by WHO, UNICEF and partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have rolled out an emergency Polio immunization campaign which would commence in the accessible part of Borno state.
The UNICEF Chief of Communication, Doune Porter, has said in Abuja on Friday that the campaign followed confirmation of two fresh cases of polio virus in parts of outbreak occurred in the conflict-ridden state where children were already facing dangerously high levels of malnutrition the state which recently became accessible. Porter said the discovery underlined risks for children in conflict and underscored the urgent need to eradicate the disease in conflict-affected areas. He said that Nigeria had its last confirmed polio case two years ago and was within a year of being certified polio-free because of massive mobilization by Government, partners and local health providers.