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24th Oct – WORLD POLIO DAY

One Day | One Focus | Ending Polio.

Rotary’s 2020 World Polio Day Online Global Update program on 24 October hails this year’s historic achievement in polio eradication: Africa being declared free of the wild polio virus.

Paralympic medalist and TV presenter Ade Adepitan, who co-hosts this year’s program, says that the eradication of polio in Africa was personal for him. “Since I was born in Nigeria, this achievement is close to my heart,” says Adepitan, a polio survivor who contracted the disease as a child. “I’ve been waiting for this day since I was young.”

He notes that, just a decade ago, three-quarters of all of the world’s polio cases caused by the wild virus were contracted in Africa. Now, more than a billion Africans are safe from the disease. “But we’re not done,” Adepitan cautions. “We’re in pursuit of an even greater triumph — a world without polio. And I can’t wait.”

Rotary Foundation Trustee Geeta Manek, who co-hosts the program with Adepitan, says that World Polio Day is an opportunity for Rotary members to be motivated to “continue this fight.”

She adds, “Rotarians around the world are working tirelessly to support the global effort to end polio.”

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World Polio Day Global Update 2020

STATE OF POLIO IN NIGERIA

WE ARE THIS CLOSE TO END POLIO

COMPLIANCE LEVEL IN NIGERIA

NIGERIA POLIO UPDATE, 2020

  • No new cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) were reported in the past week. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2016 remains four and no cases have been reported in 2017. The most recent case (by date of onset) was reported in Monguno Local Government Area, Borno, with onset on 21 August 2016.
  • Nigeria continues to implement an emergency response to the detected WPV1 strain and circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) strains affecting the country (last detected in 2016).
  • The next round of sub-national immunization days is scheduled for March, 2018.
  • Detection of polio cases in Nigeria underscores the risk posed by low-level undetected transmission. As part of the emergency response, subnational surveillance continues to be strengthened.

ABOUT POLIO PLUS NIGERIA

Polio Plus Nigeria

NNPPC MISSION

Polioplus Nigeria assists The Rotary Foundation (TRF) in achieving its objectives in polio eradication in accordance with the established policies and goals of the Trustees.

THE COMMITTEE:

  • Assist, obtains and submits to TRF an adequate and enforceable vaccine hold-harmless document from the Ministry of Health.
  • Maintains contact with key governmental business and community leaders to advocate the eradication of polio and achievements of the objectives of EPI and to inform them of Rotary’s PolioPlus activities and goals.
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ROTARY INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT

Rotary International has reassured Nigerians (NNPPC) of its commitment to support the country in ending polio infection in Nigeria and secure World health Organization (WHO) Polio-free certification by 2019.

OUR PARTNERS

Polio Plus Nigeria
WORLD HEALTH ORG.
Polio Plus Nigeria
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL
NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT
NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT
Polio Plus Nigeria
GATES FOUNDATION