WHO Renews Commitment To Combat Polio In Nigeria

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has renewed its commitment to assist Nigeria in the fight against polio and other child killer diseases.

This disclosure was made on Saturday by Mrs Masthidisco Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, at a press conference in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Moeti said that the organisation would work in collaboration with development partners to rehabilitate and upgrade health facilities ravaged by Boko Haram insurgents in the 27 local government areas of the state.

She said that the measure was to enhance quality healthcare delivery to the displaced persons in liberated communities.

The director disclosed that the organisation had established 130 mobile clinics to enhance access to quality healthcare services and control spread of diseases.

“WHO is providing support to control malaria, cholera, measle, diarrhoea, polio and prevention of other child killer diseases.

“We are providing technical support and surveillance and conducted sensitisation activities to promote use of mosquito treated nets.

“The organisation is fully involved in various programmes designed to streamline support for the health needs of the people in the North-East,” she said.

She also revealed that the apex health organization has provided modern gadgets to enhance operations of the clinics.

On his part, the state Governor Kashim Shettima said that insurgency had negatively affected immunisation exercise in the state.

Represented by his deputy, Usman Durkwa, Shettimaalso reiterated commitment to polio eradication and improved healthcare delivery at the grassroots.

The governor also commended WHO intervention programmes, adding that the gesture will go a long to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity rate in the state.

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