The President of Nigeria announced an increase in funding to NGN 4.8 billion (NGN: Nigerian Naira) for 2012 to aim to eradicate polio. He explained that the country has been utilizing GIS maps to help locate children that are frequently missed during vaccination campaigns. In addition, GPS technology is used to track the movement of vaccination teams. The funding is expected to boost Nigeria’s eradication efforts and help close the funding gap of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).
“Nigeria plays a unique role in the global effort to eradicate this terrible disease. I am fully aware of our special responsibilities both to our children, as well as all of Africa and the world. I want to assure you that we are fully prepared to deliver on our promise. Nigeria will stop polio because of the extraordinary efforts underway in our country,” said the President.
Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. firstname.lastname@example.org