Abuja 20 July 2004 – UNICEF and its partners congratulate the Kano State Government for making a decision in the best interest of Nigerian children. The country is now united in the fight against polio and has the unique opportunity to spare future generations from this crippling disease.
“Time is of the essence. This is a great opportunity to protect every child in Nigeria against polio and stop the virus for good,” said UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy.
Polio eradication requires full commitment at all levels of society, so that every child under five can be reached in each of the upcoming immunization rounds. UNICEF and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative - WHO, Rotary International and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - are ready to support the accelerated efforts to end the transmission of the wild polio virus in Nigeria, as we have done in so many countries across the globe, which are already polio-free. Polio anywhere is a threat to children everywhere.
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