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Nigeria: Health Milestone for Nigeria - Polio-Free for 3 Years

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Nigerian health officials have announced a three-year milestone in the fight against wild polio, a step that could see the African continent as polio-free by 2020.

This success is "one which we must delicately manage with cautious euphoria," said Faisal Shuaib, who leads Nigeria's National Primary Health Care Development Agency.

The progress made in the African continent's most populous nation stems from dedicated efforts to carry out polio vaccination campaigns throughout the country. Health workers need to be vigilant and keep up the high immunization rates in order to ensure the disease does not return.

The last recorded case in Nigeria was in northeastern Borno State in August 2106.

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