Lagos - A development analyst and consultant has praised former Chairman of the National Governor's Forum, Rotimi Amaechi, for his role in eliminating polio in the country.
Philemon Doro Adjekuko said when the former Rivers State governor Amaechi assumed leadership of the forum in May 2011, health was on top of his mind and he had a robust plan for primary, secondary and tertiary levels of the health sector in Rivers State but he was greatly disturbed by the heavy toll polio was inflicting on the country, especially in the north.
“Ameachi made polio a permanent part of our agenda for at least 18 months.
At every single meeting it was discussed. So when you see that polio is being well managed today it is because of his effort,” Adjekuko said.
The analyst said back in May 2014, when he asked Asishana Okauru, Director General of Governors' Forum about how Amaechi went about the fight against polio, he was “practically speechless.”
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“When he eventually got his voice back, he said he had never seen anything like it,” said Adjekuko.
He said the success recorded in the immunization programme following Amaechi's drive at the forum has paid off considerably.
Having been free of a fresh case of polio in almost a year, Nigeria is currently waiting to be delisted from the list of polio endemic countries by end of August this year.
Adjekuko said if the status quo remains until 2017, the country would then be declared polio free.
“If that happens, it will be a major relief to Africa and the rest of the world. Hopefully, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi will be remembered for his tireless effort and contribution to making Nigeria polio free,” Adjekuko said.
- CAJ News