This is sequel to the fact that in the last four and half months, Nigeria has not recorded a single case of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) and has also not recorded WPV Type 3 for the past 25 months. Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Ado Mohammed, disclosed this at a meeting with representatives of the 36 states and Abuja primary health care agencies in Abuja, on Tuesday.
The meeting, which started on Monday and ended Thursday, is aimed at preparing the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory and sensitise them for optimal performance during the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Week. “By December this year, God willing, we will interrupt polio for the very first time. We are now about four and a half months without a single case of WPV in Nigeria. We have not also seen WPV Type 3 for 25 months.
“So, effectively, we have interrupted the three wild polio viruses. But this credit goes to the states. What we do from Abuja is to advocate to you, to provide the guidance, to provide the leadership,” Ado said.
On the MNCH Week, Ado noted that, “The idea behind the MNCH Week is to fast-track efforts towards achieving the MDGs, particularly MDGs four and five.
“Looking at the present status of the MDGs, Nigeria cannot be said to be almost there. So, we need to fast-track the efforts. We are still struggling to get to the desired destination.”