98 Percent Decrease in Nigerian Polio Cases

by Rathi Manohar on  October 26, 2010 at 9:01 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
The incidence of polio has gone down by 98 per cent, reports Nigeria and the UN has given the assurance of extending another 60 million dollars for more vaccines.
 98 Percent Decrease in Nigerian Polio Cases
98 Percent Decrease in Nigerian Polio Cases

The foundation, started with a huge donation from US media mogul Ted Turner, said Nigeria has confirmed only eight cases this year compared with nearly 400 in the fall of 2009, a statement said.

Officials, including Turner, announced the new financing on Monday in the Nigerian capital Abuja.

"It will be at least an 80-million-dollar commitment.... That is just for the 2011 campaign," UN foundation president Timothy Wirth told a news conference.

Wirth said 60 million dollars would be used to purchase polio vaccines while the balance of 20 million would assist in the campaign against measles.

"Over the last 10 years, nearly a billion dollars has been spent overall," Wirth said, referring to the global commitment made by Turner, whose donation created the foundation in 1998.

The foundation said in a statement that recent progress in Nigeria is proof that vaccines are key to eradicating polio and reducing measles worldwide.

"Working together, I know we can finish the job on polio," Turner said after talks with key government officials and traditional rulers, particularly in northern Nigeria, where the threat is more pronounced.

Source: AFP

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