Foundation calls for vigilance to prevent resurgence of Polio

Gloria Essien,Abuja


As Nigeria marks three years without the Wild Polio Virus,WPV businessman and philanthropist, Sir Emeka Offor, through his foundation has called for sustained vigilance and continuous immunization campaign in the country.

Sir Emeka Offor made the call in Abuja,at a World Media Conference to commemorate three years without Wide Polio Virus in Nigeria.

Sir Offor who is also ,Rotary International Polio Ambassador, said there was the need for stakeholders to stay focused , raise surveillance and vigilance profile of the country.

I rejoice with Rotary International, the World Health Organization, the Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigerian Government and indeed all Stakeholders who have made this feat possible.”

” I also salute the hard work, passion and commitment of all health workers, volunteers and supporters who were driving the wheel of immunization as we sojourned hrough the polio pathway.”

l am delighted, humbled and encouraged that our years of fighting the menacing polio scourge has today received an added impetus as we mark three years since any child in Nigeria was paralyzed as a result of the wild Polio Virus.”he said.

Sir Emeka Offor Foundation promised committed expertise, resources as well as support in the elimination of polio virus and humanitarian course.

According to him “Our resolve is irrevocable, our determination strengthened as we look into the future to achieve the second milestone which is the certification of Nigeria and Africa as wild polio virus free.”

He commended International Partners, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their generous interventions towards the eradication of Polio in Nigeria.

“Our activities of advocacy, routine immunization and field supervision must continue with alacrity as we approach the finish line. It is not over until it is over.”

Ime Njoku