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WHO to collaborate with Borno on polio eradication

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said it will collaborate with the Borno state government to ensure that Nigeria is certified polio-free, despite the security challenges being faced.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Rebecca Moeti, stated this in Maiduguri yesterday during in an integrated polio/malaria prevention campaign and provision of preventive drugs at the Muna IDP camp.

Moeti applauded the state government and development partners for ensuring that no case of polio virus transmission has been recorded since last year.

She said WHO d already put in place seasonal malaria prevention campaigns, of which two rounds have been concluded, while two more were being launched.

Governor Kashim Shettima, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Usman  Mamman Durkwa, recalled the four cases of polio recorded last year in the state and attributed the incidents to security challenges, which denied the reach of thousands of children with vaccines and other services.

He also thanked traditional and religious leaders for their support and assistance in dismissing the rumours about the polio vaccinations.

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