Polio-Free Africa by 2020?

Africa may soon be completely free of wild poliovirus after 3 years with no recorded cases. 
 
Nigeria had remained a holdout. In 2006, cases surged following rumors questioning oral vaccine safety. In recent years, outbreaks occurred in Boko Haram-controlled areas inaccessible to health workers. 
 
In 2015, President Buhari committed to polio elimination, launching comprehensive vaccination campaigns and using technology to track target populations. The last recorded case in Nigeria was in 2016.
 
“We are confident that soon we will be trumpeting the certification that countries have, once and for all, kicked polio out of Africa,” says Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa.
 
Polio remains endemic in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The Guardian

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