NIGERIA: Enugu State Is Declared Polio-Free By World Health Organization

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Majority of the South Eastern part of Nigeria are swiftly drifting out from Poliovirus compare to the Northern counterpart, as the global health watch declare one the states free from the infectious disease.

According to report, from Dr. Wonderimagegnehu Alemu, the World Health Organization, WHO, country representative, has declared Enugu State polio-free

Dr. Alemu communicated this at the Enugu State zonal immunization campaign tour organized recently by the wife of the governor, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi, in collaboration with the organization in Nsukka, Udi and Nkwo Nike respectively.

According to a statement read by Mrs. Angela Izueghune, Dr. Alemu representative, said: “WHO has to express its appreciation to the present administration in Enugu State under His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for providing us with the conducive environment to operate in the state.”

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“When the administration came on board, Enugu State was 65 percent in immunization, but now Enugu State is 89 percent in immunization rate. In 2016, the immunization survey conducted in the country placed Enugu State on the third position and first in South-East, we hope that with the rate His Excellency and his wife are going before they leave office in 2023 Enugu State will achieve the required 95 percent on the
immunization target.

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Commending the wife of the Enugu State governor, Dr. Monica Ugwuanyi for the life touching project, Dr. Alemu said: “We have to commend Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi for her selflessness to humanity, especially women and the vulnerable. Our mummy has empowered many people through scholarship, skill acquisition, free health care services, health enlightenment programmes like hand-washing campaign, dietary lectures, among others,”

Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi expressed happiness for receiving the good news: “We are here because of what we read in the social media that monkeypox is caused by immunization. It is a lie, monkeypox has no connection with immunization. It is our duty to immunize our children properly. It is very agonizing when we see children suffering from polio or other diseases associated with non-immunization. So it is very important to complete the five immunization programme as specified,” she counseled.

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She also pleaded with women to attend hospitals for antenatal care during pregnancy and ensure their babies are delivered at recognized
health institutions.

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