When Africa was declared free of poliovirus on August 25, 2020, it was only the second such feat after the continent managed to shake off smallpox four decades ago. A lot of kudos for this went to Tunji Funsho, a Lagos-based cardiologist who chairs Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee, for eradicating polio in Africa’s most populous country. He has worked with other partners like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization (WHO), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF. Funsho led national immunization days to get millions of children vaccinated.
The virus was endemic there along with Pakistan and Afghanistan. But last summer marked four years without a case for Nigeria. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD