Monday, 26 October 2015

Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of the WHO in Nigeria

Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan, yesterday arrived Nigeria to officially communicate the country’s polio-free status to President Muhammadu Buhari and discuss plans towards eradication.

This is the first time the WHO boss is visiting Nigeria since the country was delisted from the list of polio endemic nations last month. The WHO, on September 25, 2015, announced that polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria. “This is the first time that Nigeria has interrupted transmission of wild poliovirus, bringing the country and the African region closer than ever to being certified polio-free.”
Dr. Moeti and President Buhari at the state house 

Director General of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Ali Gana Muhammad, in an interview with The Guardian yesterday, said: “We just received the DG of the WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan, who arrived Abuja in company of the Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti. Chan is to meet President Buhari tomorrow morning to officially communicate Nigeria’s delisting from polio endemic nations. Chan is also here to congratulate the people of Nigeria, especially the health workers who risk their lives, on the tremendous success made thus far.

Welcome Drs. Chan and Moeti!

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