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Nigeria is at the verge of eradicating Polio as the World Health Organization (WHO) is set to formally pronounce the delisting of Nigeria as a Polio endemic country.

The event which is scheduled for the State House on 26 October, 2015, will see the country hosting the Director-General of WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan, who will be represented by WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso R. Moeti, a statement said on Friday.

Ayo Adesugba (Mrs.), Director Press & Public Relations quoted the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Linus Awute, as saying that “the Regional Director will meet with Mr. President to formally announce to the Government of Nigeria the WHO’s decision to remove Nigeria from the list of Polio endemic countries, as a recognition of the immediate achievement of Nigeria in stopping the transmission of the Wild Polio Virus for a period of fourteen months, which has exceeded WHO’s target for interruption.”

“The Regional Director, Dr. Moeti, is also expected to emphasize to policy makers and major stakeholders, that despite tremendous progress in Nigeria, complacency is not a luxury at the disposal of the Government and partners until the gains of this great feat is sustained for two years to be able to achieve the certification of Nigeria as a Polio-free Nation by 2017,” the statement added.

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