The Nigerian government is set to eradicate polio disease from the country by the end of 2014.
The minister of health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, who disclosed this at a two-day meeting in Kaduna of all high-risk polio local government areas in the North, State, said the federal government will partner with leading stakeholders in order to achieve fast results.
“Nigeria’s impressive performance on polio eradication in 2012 and 2013 provided a clear indicator that Nigeria would end polio transmission at the end of this year,” he said.
The executive director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Ado Muhammad, commended the efforts of all stakeholders in restricting polio virus to just few local government areas in Borno, Yobe and Kano states.
“These laudable achievements had been acknowledged by the international community,” he said.
The low performing local governments had been identified to be 42 in all, spread across 10 northern states which include: Kano with 14 LGAs, Sokoto (10), Kaduna (five), Borno (four), Katsina (three), Bauchi (two), Kebbi (two), Yobe (two), Niger (one) and Zamfara (one).