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Polio Eradication: German govt contributes 200m euros in 20 years


Polio Eradication: German govt contributes 200m euros in 20 years

The German Government has contributed more than 200 million euros in the last 20 years in the fight against polio eradication.

Mr Vincent El-Haidag, Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) Portfolio Manager for the German Government Credit Institute for Reconstruction Mission, stated this on Wednesday in Abuja when they visited the Family Health Clinic at Garki in Abuja.

He said there has been a partnership between the governments of Germany and Nigeria in the fight against polio eradication.

In his words, “We are responsible for the financial cooperation between the government of Germany and government of Nigeria in the fight against polio.

“Germany has been contributing over 200 million euros for the last 20 years, and KfW is facilitating this programme and also giving recommendations to the government of Germany.”

El-Haidag disclosed that the team was in Nigeria to monitor and assess progress made so far in the eradication of polio in the country.

He said the example they saw in the Family Health Clinic needed to be duplicated in all the primary health care centres in the country.

El-Haidag advised the government to also duplicate the same efforts done in polio eradication in the fight against other diseases in the country.

While speaking, Dr Vatsa Isa-Yahaya, the Acting Director of the FCT Primary Health Care Development Board, acknowledged that the team was on a mission from Germany and had been supporting Nigeria in polio eradication.

Isa-Yahaya noted that Germany was one of the countries which had been providing the resources which have been supporting polio eradication.

He said the team members were taken around the facility to see for themselves how the country has made progress with the fund given to Nigeria.

Isa-Yahaya said that from the look of things, they are very happy with what they saw at the Family Health Clinic.

The Acting Director said the Federal Government was doing a lot in the fight against diseases in the country, and not just waiting for assistance from donors.

It was learned that Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) is an international organisation that works together with its partners in developing countries.

Polio Eradication: German govt contributes 200m euros in 20 years

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