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Nigerians appreciate Norway polio funding. People in Nigeria have expressed their appreciation to Norway for doubling funding to fight against polio in their country. This follows Norwegian government confirmation of providing an additional NOK 50 million to the fight against polio in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. “That’s great”, said Nigerian businessperson Fabiuis Emenike during a recent interview with the African Press Organization. “There is need to eliminate polio in Nigeria and we are definitely grateful if Norway comes out to help us.”

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Nigerians appreciate Norway polio funding

Published on Monday, 7th January, 2013 at 15:35 under the news category, by Godfrey Olukya.

People in Nigeria have expressed their appreciation to Norway for doubling funding to fight against polio in their country.

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This follows Norwegian government confirmation of providing an additional NOK 50 million to the fight against polio in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

“That’s great”, said Nigerian businessperson Fabiuis Emenike during a recent interview with the African Press Organization. “There is need to eliminate polio in Nigeria and we are definitely grateful if Norway comes out to help us.”

A female Nigerian teacher, Grace Nwoka, said, “We women are the ones who suffer a lot with children infected with polio. At times, their fathers abandon us because they do not want to be associated with crippled children. We thank Norway for providing funds to fight polio.”

“A friend in need is a friend indeed,” declared Nigerian elder Thomas Okugbe.

In a statement last week, Norwegian Minister of International Development, Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås, said, “Our goal is to eradicate polio completely, in the same way as we have managed to eradicate other infectious diseases that particularly affect children […] our goal is realistic, but considerable resources are needed if we are to reach it.”

The disease has persisted in Pakistan Afghanistan, and Nigeria, despite progress in eliminating polio all over the world, by about 99 percent. 

WHO-spearheaded and national government-led public-private partnership the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, says the disease has re-established transmission in three countries that were previously polio-free (Angola, Chad and Democratic Republic of the Congo).

Polio, which is found in very poor communities, is fought mostly through vaccination. Countries that have eliminated it completely have endeavored to vaccinate all newborn babies against it.

At the same time, there have been negative rumors about health workers in Pakistan who have been vaccinating children against polio.

It is alleged that the program is a pretext for harming children and spying on Pakistan, leading to personnel being assaulted.

“These attacks are completely unacceptable and they arise from misconceptions and a lack of knowledge”, declared Minister Holmås, criticizing those behind the assaults, “we need to make one last concerted effort in the fight against polio, and Norway intends to do its part.”

Norway’s doubling of polio funding to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative comes on top of its previous NOK 50 million allocation through the WHO in 2012.



Published on Monday, 7th January, 2013 at 15:35 under the news category, by Godfrey Olukya.

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