The British government had said on Wednesday that they have spent about £1.7 billion (N867.3 billion) in Nigeria’s efforts to tackle the wild poliovirus according to reports by ripplesnigeria.com .
The Senior Press and Public Affairs Officer of British High Commission, Christopher Ogunmodede, who disclosed this in a statement, said the United Kingdom played a major role in Nigeria’s journey to becoming polio-free.
The British government revealed that it had been actively involved in the campaign to end wild poliovirus in Nigeria since 1995, saying it was the second-largest governmental donor to Nigeria’s fight against polio after the United States.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday officially declared Nigeria and other countries in Africa polio-free.
The statement read: “As a longstanding supporter of the polio programme, the UK has invested £1.7 billion to help end polio since 1995.
“Our most recent pledge was £400 million in 2019, which will help to vaccinate 400 million children a year against the disease in the period 2020-2023.”