Nigeria has not reported a case of wild polio virus since 24 July 2014. As a result, WHO has removed Nigeria from the list of polio countries.
The World Health Organization WHO has announced that Nigeria is no longer a polio endemic country.
This is reported the first time that Nigeria has interrupted transmission of wild poliovirus, bringing the country and the African region closer than ever to being certified polio-free.
Many health organisations have congratulated Nigeria on the achievement. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the public-private partnership leading the effort to eradicate polio, called this a ‘historic achievement’ in global health.
According to reports, Nigeria has not reported a case of wild poliovirus since 24 July 2014, and all laboratory data have confirmed 12 months without any new cases despite the fact that in 2012, Nigeria accounted for more than half of all polio cases worldwide.
This success has been attributed to a concerted effort by all levels of government, civil society, religious leaders and tens of thousands of dedicated health workers with more than 200,000 volunteers across the country repeatedly immunized more than 45 million.
While congratulating everyone, particularly political, religious and community leaders in Nigeria and across Africa, for reaching a year without cases of wild polio, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa said stopping polio in Nigeria has been a clear example that political engagement, strong partnerships and community engagement are the engines that drive the momentum of public health programmes, enabling them to achieve great things.