Germany commits €10 million to Nigeria anti-polio drive

Polio vaccineFrom EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – GERMANY has signed a grant of €10 million to support the activities and sustain the gains of polio eradication programme in Nigeria.
The grant which will be released through the German Development Bank (KfW)
will make available €7 million through World Health Organisation and €3
million through United Nations Children’s Fund.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed the grant would
go a long way in ensuring efforts to eradicate polio in Nigeria were achieved.
“We were close to making history last year until when some new polio cases
cropped up in the insecure and inaccessible areas of Borno State,” he said.
Borno is worst afflicted by the Boko Haram crisis.
“With this grant, we will continue to conduct activities that reach
children with vaccine to prevent any spread of the virus and to achieve
polio virus interruption,” assured Onyeama.
German Ambassador to Nigeria, Bernhard Schlagheck, said his government had
been engaging Nigeria in the area of polio eradication for some time.
Past agreements signed with Nigeria supporting polio eradication have
amounted to over €110 million.
“We are committed to supporting Nigeria achieve a polio free world,” said
the envoy.
Funding will support the National Polio Eradication Emergency Plan
activities, which include reaching children under five years old with oral
polio vaccine and cross border immunisation activities among others.
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