Sunday, July 24, 2016, was Nigeria’s 2nd anniversary of freedom from Polio. This is a great victory for the nation. Anyone who understands the impact this disease has had on the lives of its victims and the nation would celebrate this great achievement.
This victory over Polio is yet another proof that whatever the mind can see is achievable, even in the face of giant obstacles. Polio was sometime a global epidemy until the vaccine was discovered in 1955 by Jonas Salk.
In 1996, the Kick Polio out of Africa campaign started. By 2003, Nigeria along with Egypt and Niger were the countries left on the list of African nations affected by Polio. Since, the fight had continued.
Unfortunately, in same year, there was a setback. Polio immunization was suspended in Kano, and this resulted in the spread of Polio to 14 Polio-free countries and re-infected six (Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Sudan). Yet, humanity never gave up.
On several occasions, ceasefires were agreed to give vaccinators the opportunity to reach people in war-ravaged areas. The world (including those at logger heads) came together to fight this common enemy.
In the end, humanity is about to win this battle – with only Pakistan and Afghanistan still dealing with the disease.
If the whole world, despite the many differences could come together to fight a common cause for humanity, then there is hope for Nigeria.
A few groups of people, who are only a fraction of the world, came together and developed of vision of a polio-free world. Today, that vision has almost come to pass.
That is what Nigeria needs, a few of us (20%, by Pareto standard), developing the vision of a beautiful Nigeria in our area of endeavour, and then, we make this nation great...
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