WHO Announces Africa Likely Polio Free After Massive Effort in Nigeria

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Espoir Kangeshe, 6, (L), Amani Bengaheya, 7, (C) and Jean-Pierre Kalikunshe, 10, play together after they all had surgery to correct leg deformities at the Heal Africa hospital in Goma. The boys are among some 70 children looked after by Stand Proud, a charity that assists children suffering from polio and other leg defects in Democratic Republic of Congo (REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly)

Officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that Africa is on track to being declared polio free after three years without a documented case of the disease.

In a press release on August 21, the WHO announced three years have passed in Nigeria without a case of wild polio detected, saying the achievement is a “major milestone.” The last recorded case of the poliovirus was in 2016. Nigeria is the remaining country in Africa currently battling polio infections, but if there are no more cases found…

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