Daily Trust (Abuja)

12 December 2012

Nigeria: EU Expresses Concern Over Outbreak of Polio

The European Union yesterday expressed its concern over the latest outbreak of wild polio virus in Nigeria. The Kaduna State government recently recorded 10 cases of wild polio virus in Birnin Gwari, Ikara, Igabi, Kubau and Zaria local government areas of the state.

The Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria, Dr David Macrae, raised the concern at a forum with reporters in Abuja on the operations of the EU in Nigeria and the West African sub-region.

Macrae who expressed the union's determination to support the immunisation process in Northern Nigeria to curb the spread of the disease, noted that there was need for access to portable water in the affected areas. The envoy said the EU in collaboration with UNICEF had spent 30 million Euro (about N6billion) on maternal health services in Nigeria. NAN

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