Billionaire philanthropists Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote have hailed
the declaration of Nigeria by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as
The global health body on Tuesday, certified Nigeria and the rest of
The WHO Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) said the major
milestone was achieved four years after the last recorded cases of
wild polio in the country.
In a tweet, Gates said that the remarkable achievement was a step
closer to global polio eradication.
“Today, we move one step closer toward a world without polio. This is
an incredible milestone that’s worth celebrating. It is also an
important reminder of what can be accomplished when we work together
toward a common goal,” he wrote on his Twitter handle @BillGates.
In his remarks, Africa’s richest man, Dangote, said that the
polio-free Africa was an indication that the fight to end polio
globally was possible.
“Today we celebrate a polio-free Africa, the result of decades of
vaccination, hard work, collaboration. Tomorrow we get back to work,
to ensure wild polio does not come back. Together, we all can
#EndPolio globally,” he tweeted.
The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, tweeted via
his official Twitter account @antonioguterres, that the declaration
filled him with optimism that a lot could be achieved through global
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Board Chair, Global Alliance for Vaccines and
Immunization (GAVI), felicitated with the President, Muhammadu Buhari
and his predecessors.
A virologist at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Dr.
Olubusuyi Adewumi, who lauded the historic achievement, said that
Africa had indeed successfully eradicated the wild polio virus.