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Prof. Links Fresh Polio Outbreak to Nigeria’s Institutional Failure


By Mosunmola Ayobami in Ilorin

A Professor of Economic Health at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Bello Raji, has said the fresh outbreak of polio recorded in some parts of Nigeria was a reflection of the institutional failure in virtually all sectors of the nation.

He said the same factors were responsible for the relapse of polio in Nigeria which he said can be linked to the larger problem affecting the whole society.

Raji went down memory lane, saying the Minister of Health, Prof.Isaac Adewole, had on August 11,2016, confirmed an outbreak of fresh wild polio virus (WPV), in Borno State coming after the nation celebrated two years without a case of polio.

According to the minister, the outbreak affected two children from Gwoza and Jere local government areas of the state.

Delivering a lecture titled “One Problem ,Too Many” at the official investiture of Rotn. Babatunde Julius as the 13 president of  Rotary Club of Ilorin (District 9125, Nigeria) held in Ilorin at the weekend, Raji said: “there is complete failure in all institutions in Nigeria”.

According to him, some of the factors attributed to the cause of polio in Nigeria including cultural, religious political reasons and Boko Haram activities were a ruse.

“What I see as the cause of polio in Nigeria today is because Nigeria cannot boast of what I call health road map,” he said.

He added that the recent pronouncement by the Minister of Health that Nigeria needed at least another 10,000 hospitals was unnecessary because, according to him, the existing ones were not properly equipped.

“What you see are structures without equipment, you see structures, no doctors, you see structures, no drugs how then can you eradicate poliomyelitis,” he queried.

Describing Nigeria as a “planless economy,” the economic expert said Nigeria suffered a setback in an attempt at eradicating polio just like it did in other sectors because of lack of planning.

“The major cause of poliomyelitis is because people don’t have access to portable water, access quality health care when all roads are bad he asked?

“Nigeria is a planless economy, Nigeria is a country that fails to plan that is why we fail in all other sectors .Some people cannot even say the number of children they have, data makes no meaning to us,” Raji added.

He said for the country to come out of the current economic challenges and successfully eradicate polio,she must put and end to these its negative attitudes and eradicate corruption

The newly-installed Rotary president, in his acceptance speech, said the star project the club would be addressing included water and sanitation problem identified in some communities across the three senatorial district of the state.

According to him, the benefiting communities are Tsaragi in Kwara North, Oke-Ode in Kwara South and Koro in Ekiti as well as some communities in Ilorin.

Julius also said the club would equip a Science Laboratory in Government Day Secondary, Kulende to compliment government’s efforts at providing quality education.


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