Discussions were also held at the 9th Presidential Task Force meeting on Polio eradication led by His Excellency Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, Minister of State for Health. Dr. Pate stressed that in spite of the incidents in Kano and Borno States, where health workers were killed, the government is committed to interrupt polio transmission by the end of 2013 and protect health workers to perform their daily work. Dr. Sambo expressed the renewed commitment of polio eradication partners and transmitted his condolences to the families that lost their loved ones and the people and Government of Nigeria. The Minister of State presented to the Regional Director the Initiative addressing the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 : 'Saving Million Lives by 2015'. The Regional Director reiterated WHO's full support to this well thought out approach to revitalizing the national health system using Primary Health care as the entry point.
During the visit, the Regional Director held working sessions with the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) headed by Mr Dauda Toure, the Resident Coordinator. The discussed issues included the strengthening of the UN security system and the UN common premises.
Dr Sambo also met with the WHO staff in Nigeria and commended their excellent work, despite the existing challenges. He also emphasized the need for optimal performance to maintain WHO's leading role in the health arena.
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