The independent Africa Regional Certification Commission, ARCC for Polio Eradication has officially declared the World Health Organisation, WHO African Region is free of wild poliovirus.
This was confirmed in a statement by the ARCC Chairperson, Professor Rose Gana Leke.
Leke, in a statement said “Today is a historic day for Africa. The African Regional Certification Commission for Polio eradication (ARCC) is pleased to announce that the Region has successfully met the certification criteria for wild polio eradication, with no cases of the wild poliovirus reported in the Region for four years.
In the statement, Leke the ARCC’s decision comes after an exhaustive, decades-long process of documentation and analysis of polio surveillance, immunization and laboratory capacity of the region’s 47 member states, which included conducting field verification visits to each country.”
With Africa now polio-free, this marks eradication of the second virus from the face of the continent since smallpox 40 years ago.