Press Release on Nigeria’s Polio Eradication Certification
Following the recent outbreak of the Wild Polio Virus (WPV) in Malawi, the Federal Government has put measures in place to safeguard the country against importation of the virus. One of such measures is the reactivation and reconstitution of the Expert Review Committee on Polio Eradication and Routine Immunization (ERC).
The ERC provides expert advice and guidance on strategies and approaches for polio eradication and routine immunization. The committee meets periodically to review the country’s polio eradication and routine immunization programmes taking into consideration population-based and laboratory studies, programmatic approaches, cost information, and other issues so as to provide a holistic and practical advice to the country.
The ERC’s expert advice contributed immensely to the country’s achievement of WPV-free status in August 2020. Consequently, it has become imperative to reactivate the committee following the recent outbreak of WPV in Malawi and the outbreaks of circulating variant of polio virus type 2 (cVPV2) in Nigeria. The ERC is expected to work with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency to come up with multistakeholder plans to strengthen surveillance, build population immunity, mitigate against and control all forms of polio viruses.
The reconstituted 12-member expert committee chaired by a public health expert, Prof. Akin Osibogun has members drawn from the academia, the media, donors and development partners including WHO, CDC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Members include Prof Dorothy Esangbedo, Prof Shuaib Bello, Prof Clara Ejembi, Prof Sade Ogunsola, Prof B.S.C. Uzochukwu, Prof Ilayisu Zubairu, Dr. Muhammad Dallatu, Mr Mannir Dan Ali, Dr Steve Cochi (CDC), Mr Aidan O’Leary (WHO) and Jay Wenger (BMGF). The reconstituted ERC have a renewable tenure of two years and will be inaugurated at a date to be announced soon.
Dr Faisal Shuaib
25th February 2022
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) is a parastatal of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health which was established in 1992 and merged with the National Programme on Immunization (NPI) in 2007. NPHCDA’s vision is to make primary healthcare services available to all. The NPHCDA provides technical and programmatic support to States, LGAs, and other stakeholders in the functioning, planning, implementation, supervision and monitoring of primary health care services in Nigeria. The agency strives to fulfil seven corporate goals:
control preventable diseases, improve access to basic health services, improve quality of care, strengthen institutions, develop high performing health workforce, strengthen partnerships and strengthen community engagement.