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The World Health Organisation, WHO, has declared Nigeria free of wild polio, following the completion of its documentation for the free status.

The UN health agency made this known in a tweet via its regional office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, official twitter account on Thursday.

According to the agency, Nigeria’s complete documentation for the wild polio virus-free status was accepted by the Africa Regional Certification Commission for polio eradication (ARCC).

“Today, Nigeria’s complete documentation for Wild Polio virus-free status was accepted by the Africa Regional Certification Commission for polio eradication (ARCC).

“It is a historic day for Nigeria, Africa, and the Global Polio Programme,’’ the tweet reads.

Also, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director and CEO of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), described the documentation as historical.

He said “It is an amazing moment in history to have had our polio-eradication documentation accepted by the ARCC.

“The Nigeria team led by NPHCDA and partners demonstrated evidence of our polio-free status.

“Nigeria achieving a Wild Polio Virus-free status today, is significant on multiple fronts.

“I look back, and am happy with the incredible leadership that has brought us here.“

“Apart from President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the two most important people who have made it possible due to their financial and technological contributions have been Mr. Aliko Dangote and Mr. Bill Gates.

“Thanks for this unquantifiable gift to Nigeria,’’ he added.

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