Lagos - A medical doctor, Dr Osahon Enabulele, on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to dedicate global feat of delisting Nigeria from polio endemic countries to the memories of polio vaccinators.
Enabulele, who is also the Vice President, Commonwealth Medical Association, said that it should be done in honour of those who died in the course of vaccinating Nigerians.
He made the call in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that nine women working on a polio vaccination campaign were killed by gunmen in two separate incidents in Kano on February 8, 2013.
Enabulele, who is also the immediate past president, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), said: "The polio vaccinators remain Nigeria’s heroes in its war against polio, and therefore deserve to be immortalised.’’
He also commended the federal government for recording progressive decline in the incidence of wild polio virus since 2014, and with no case recorded since July 2014.
"It was with great joy and happiness that I received the news of the recent delisting of Nigeria from the embarrassing club of countries by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
"I congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari and all Nigerians for yet another feat in the health sector.
"It is coming almost a year after Nigeria achieved a similar feat in her determined fight against Ebola Virus Disease (EVD),’’ he said.
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Enabulele urged government and its implementing agency, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), not to rest on their oars.
He appealed to them to make improved efforts in the current polio campaign and consolidate on the present gains.
"We need to sustain political commitment to the health sector and the polio campaign and expeditious implementation of the National Health Act.
"A need for the provision of better security for healthcare workers in all public health facilities.
"This is one sure way we can permanently consign the disabling disease of polio to the dustbin of history,’’ he said.
On September 25, the WHO declared that polio was no longer endemic in Nigeria.
This is the first time that Nigeria has interrupted transmission of wild polio virus, bringing the country and the African region closer than ever to being certified polio-free.