WHO declares Adamawa State Polio Virus  –WHO Official

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Tom Garba

The Adamawa Coordinator  of World Health Organization , Dr. Nuhu Ningi  has confirmed that the State is free of Polio virus.

Ningi gave the confirmation in a statement signed by Abubakar Muhammed Director, Information and Public affairs ,Adamawa Ministry of Health.

He said that it is a known fact that Adamawa has been one of the three states affected by the Boko Haram insurgency and its  two neighbour  states has record polio outbreaks recently.

He added that  the Cameroun Republic has a wide border with the state also suffered a recent polio outbreak .

Ningi confirmed that in spite of the challenges the State  has not recorded any case of wild polio virus since 2009 making it more than sixteen years without the disease in the state.

He berated a purported statement recently ascribed by  the north eastern coordinator of  WHO in a person of  Dr.  Khalid,  who was quoted to have said that the  absence of Polio in Adamawa state is a “mere chance”

” It is very unfortunate to describe  all efforts of  government  and partners fighting  against polio in the state as “  mere chance occurrence.” ” This statement by the zonal coordinator is  unfortunate and absurdly lack scientific base.”  Dr. Ningi said.

He lauded  the state  for been able to keep optimal activities to guard against virus  reinfection in the state.

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