The Africa Regional Certification Commission for Polio (ARCC) says insurgency remains a hindrance towards polio eradication in Nigeria.
The Commission therefore urged the Federal Government to strengthen surveillance programmes towards ending wild polio virus in the region.
Rose Leke, Chairperson of the Commission, made this known during the ARCC regional meeting in Abuja on Monday.
Leke noted that in spite of the progress recorded in Nigeria on its bid to end polio, there are inaccessible areas in the countries due to insecurity in some part of the country.
“We don’t know what is happening in those areas and I think that is a problem,’’ she said.
She however, commended the efforts of the Federal Government through the partnership between the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the Army to make the inaccessible areas to shrink to smaller units.
According to her, “there are smaller units in the areas affected by the insurgency and we don’t know whether there is polio there or not.
“The last time Nigeria records significant progress and record no cases of wild polio virus suddenly the case emanated from the Borno state.
“This time we better say a little about eradication, but strengthen our efforts to move in to the in accessible areas.
“The Government is doing everything possible to cover all the affected areas and then we can say there is no polio there and subsequently, we can declare that Africa is free from polio,’’ she said.