Renowned Billionaire philanthropists, Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote have applauded World Health Organisation for declaring Nigeria and Africa polio-free.
The Billionaires expressed their joy towards the global health body on Tuesday, after it certified Nigeria and the rest of Africa polio-free; the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Although, this development came at the right time as the deadly heath issue has been a threat to Nigerians and Africans at large for decades.
Going memorylane, WHO Africa Regional Certification Commission said the major milestone was achieved four years after the last recorded cases of wild polio in the country.
While commenting on the development, Gates on his twitter handle stated that the remarkable achievement was a step closer to global polio eradication.
“Today, we move one step closer toward a world without polio. This is an incredible milestone that’s worth celebrating. It is also an important reminder of what can be accomplished when we work together toward a common goal,”
Dangote said the polio-free Africa was an indication that the fight to end polio globally is possible.
“Today, we celebrate a polio-free Africa, the result of decades of vaccination, hard work, collaboration. Tomorrow we get back to work, to ensure wild polio does not come back. Together, we all can #EndPolio globally,”
While the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, also tweeted, that the declaration filled him with optimism that a lot could be achieved through global efforts.
“Africa has been declared free of polio today. This historic milestone fills me with hope and optimism.
“We can achieve so much when we work together as a global community.”