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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Wild Polio Virus Confined in Nigeria- Health Minister
The Supervising Minister of State for Health, Dr. Khaliru Alhassan, on Thursday said Federal Government had successfully confined the spread of wild polio virus to Kano and Yobe.

Alhassan made this known when he gave update on the success being recorded by government towards total eradication of polio in the country.

According to him, the virus is now confined to only five local government areas compared to the more generalised situation in the past.

‘‘We have made tremendous progress, as you are aware that this year we have only recorded six cases against 51 the same time last year. So, this is a remarkable achievement and if we maintain the tempo we are confidence that we are going to interrupt the transmission.

‘‘Presently, we have the problem in only two states, that is, Kano and Yobe states and also only in particular LGAs.

‘’This is giving us an impression why we need to work more; we have been able to localise these cases in one geo-political zone. It will make our job a lot easier.''

According to Alhassan, in the last one year, 96 per cent of the 774 local government areas have been polio free while 95per cent of the 36 states and FCT have been without polio in the last one year.

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