Africa declares free from wild Poliovirus, announces Africa Regional Certification Commission

The Africa Regional Certification Commission, on August 25, announced that Africa has declared free from wild poliovirus. The declaration comes as the continent paves way for the global eradication of the disease. The region has not recorded any case of the viral disease in the past four years. The last case of the virus infection that attacks the nervous system causing paralysis in the lower limbs among children under five was reported in northern Nigeria.

Lauding the development, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) said, “Ending wild poliovirus in Africa is one of the greatest public health achievements of our time and provides powerful inspiration for all of us to finish the job of eradicating polio globally.”

While 47 nations of the African region declared free from the virus infection, Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only nations in the world witnessing the virus transmission.

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