The Federal Government with
the support of the Polio
Eradication Initiative partners
launched a new
communication campaign on
24th September, 2011 entitled
Polio Free Torch Campaign.
Supported by the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC), this campaign is designed to mobilize wide support from a variety of stakeholders at national and state levels for the last lap of the polio eradication efforts in Nigeria.
As the world heads for the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Polio Free Torch illustrates the determination of the Nigerian Polio Eradication Initiative to make the year 2012 the last year that Nigeria witnesses a case of Polio.
“I don’t consider that my energy has squandered in vain until North Eastern Nigeria is “emancipated” from Polio. I have seen many children being crippled for life by polio, a virus that could have been prevented by immunization and this by all means is unacceptable!"
"Give me a wheel chair to make me a doctor," begged Sakina, a twelve-year-old girl of Lulu settlement in Kudai Ward of Dutse LGA in Jigawa state.
Sakina, a beautiful and cheerful girl was crippled by polio in July 2003.
Broken dreams offer hope and a voice » by our colleague Chima E. Onueke, WHO Abuja
As a child, Aminu and his best friend shared a dream – to be officers in the Nigerian Army. Today Aminu’s friend is colonel, based in Kano. But Aminu never had that chance, stricken with polio as a boy, he became severely crippled with no chance for a military career.
Voices from the Field : "Give me a wheel chair to make me a doctor", by Jane Magoba Nyanzi
No rest until North Eastern Nigeria is “emancipated” from Polio, by Fikru Daka
Zamfara, 2nd April 2012 - Saudutu, 37, and mother of three children, is a vaccinator from a remote village of Zamfara State, northern Nigeria. Like tens of thousands of others across the country, she is currently going door-to-door to vaccinate millions of children in four days.
Polio eradication: nationwide immunization campaign in Nigeria