Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Nigeria records 'high polio population immunity'

01 February 2013, 07:52

Abuja - Nigeria polio population immunity has increased from 50 per cent to 80 per cent, Dr Ado Mohammed, the Executive Secretary of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), has said.

]Mohammed disclosed this on Thursday in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting of stakeholders on polio eradication with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said the latest analysis by the World Health Organisation (WHO) showed the increase in the country’s polio population immunity.

"We shared with the President, the global goal analysis done by WHO which showed that population immunity has increased in Nigeria from about 50 per cent to 80 per cent.

"What this means is that even if the polio virus finds itself in any particular location in the country, it may not be able to paralyse the affected child.

"Even when it paralyzes the child, other children in that particular area will be secured; this is because population immunity has improved," Mohammed said.

He noted that the country had not recorded any case of polio virus in the last two months.

Mohammed said that another survey carried out by WHO adjudged Nigeria to be the next country after India ``that will exit as a polio endemic nation’’.

He gave assurance that Jonathan’s promise to eradicate polio from the country by 2015 would be kept.

"We are fortifying our borders to ensure we do not export polio virus and we do not allow anyone to bring the virus into the country.

"So far, we have established 36 border immunisation posts across the states in the Northern part of the country," the executive secretary said.

He said that any child below age five coming into Nigeria must be stopped and immunised before being allowed entry.

"Similarly, any child leaving Nigeria must be vaccinated before crossing into neighbouring countries.

"We are doing that in collaboration with the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigerian Customs Service," he said.

Mohammed said the closed door meeting was to brief the President on the efforts being made by the country to eradicate polio.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was attended by some state governors, development partners, religious leaders, traditional rulers and members of the Presidential Task Force on Polio Eradication.


Tags health polio

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Hussain Obaro
Prince Abubakar Audu: The end of ...

Negative or positive, Prince Audu has done his bit on earth and he is gone to face the ultimate judgment of his creator. Read more...

Submitted by
Samson Chinedu Nwafor
Ebonyi college workers allege unl...

The crisis rocking the Ebonyi State College of Education Ikwo, has taken a new twist for the worse, as the management of the college has allegedly resorted to summary dismissal of some workers believed to be 'thorns' in its flesh.  Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
Daesh, the legions from Hell fulf...

Thousands of the hardest terrorists, locked up through over a decade of anti-terror wars that costs billions of dollars in taxpayers' money were released in these highly suspicious breaks. Read more...

Submitted by
Don Tommy
Who is really an Igbo?

One of the most visible evidence that Nigerians are still under the bondage of mental slavery is the “Who is really Eboe, Ibo or Igbo?” question.  Read more...

Submitted by
Olanrewaju Olukorede
Pentecostalism in Africa

Pentecostalism is belief of or practice(s) in Christianity which by my view or perception is laid or preached by the Lord Jesus Christ and is expected to be followed by the Christians. Read more...

Submitted by
Sijuwola Popoola
Nobody should destabilize Cross R...

Over the years, one man has risen from Cross River State as a strong prophetic voice to the nations.  Read more...