The Federal Government of Nigeria is to give support to Rotary International in its pursuit for a zero level polio in Nigeria.
The country’s Vice President, Mohammed Namadi Sambo, who represented the President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, said this during a courtesy visit paid to him by a delegation of the Rotary International from across several countries, led by its President, Mr. Ray Klinging Smith at the State House, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
He assured the delegation that the Federal Government will support the Rotary International in its effort at eradication of the polio virus in Nigeria.
Sambo expressed sincere appreciation to the team for all their efforts and contributions toward the development of Nigeria especially in the area of combating the polio menace and also by carrying out commendable projects such as the provision of portable water and hospitals amongst others, to impact positively on the lives of the people.
He assured the delegation of the necessary co-operation and co-ordination through the Federal Ministry of Health in their activities and objectives till zero level of polio eradication is attained not just in Nigeria alone but also in Africa.
He disclosed that as Nigeria desires to be amongst the most developed nations of the world by the year 2020 that the Federal Government is making all possible efforts to ensure that Nigerians are healthy so as to contribute meaningfully toward the development of the country.
Also speaking, the President of the Rotary International informed the Vice President that though the organization has recorded substantial progress this year in Nigeria in its objective of eradicating the polio virus, it still has few cases numbering about seven.
He therefore solicited the assistance of the Nigerian Government alongside that already offered to it by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nation International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in its mission of accomplishing the total eradication of the disease in Nigeria and the world at large.
It needs to be observed that members of the visiting delegation were drawn from the United States, Ghana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote’ D’voire’, United Kingdom, Germany, Benin Republic and host country Nigeria.