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Sustained Political Support, Funding, Vaccination Required To Keep Nigeria Polio-Free, Eradicate Disease Worldwide

CNN: Wipe out polio in Africa for good
Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“…[I]n my visit a few weeks ago, I was impressed with Nigeria’s rigorous and robust efforts to find every possible case all over the country, including in the security-challenged northeast. If there is any sign of polio’s return, the country is poised to move quickly and decisively. Political support, program funding, and high vaccination rates throughout the country must be maintained, even without any polio cases. … To end polio forever, all countries must strengthen immunization service delivery, address gaps in disease surveillance, and do more to reach children missed by vaccination programs. The U.S. Global Health Security Agenda will take the same systems we use to eradicate polio and use them to help protect America and the world from other disease threats” (8/21).

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