After a year of not reporting a single case of wild polio, Nigeria has been removed from the list of polio-endemic countries.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Nigeria has not reported a case of wild polio virus since July 24, 2014.
The statement read, “All laboratory data confirm that 12 months have passed without any new case in the country.
“Nigeria has brought the world one major step closer to achieving this goal and it is critical that we seize this opportunity to end polio for good and ensure that future generations of children are free from this devastating disease.
“This leaves only Pakistan and Afghanistan as the only countries with endemic cases of the disease.”
The further statement quoted the Global Polio Eradication Initiative as describing the development as historic achievement in global healthcare.