Ted Turner donates $1 billion to fight polio

Cable News Network founder and chairman of the United Nation’s Foundation Ted Turner has made a $1 billion donation to eradicate polio in Nigeria.

Turner was impressed by Nigeria’s recent reduction in polio cases by 98 percent and the reduction to only eight confirmed cases in all of 2010, the Times of India reports.

“Nigeria must keep up the fight against child killer diseases by continuing to leverage the power of modern vaccine that are key to eradicating polio and reducing measles,” Ted Turner said, according to the Times of India.

In addition to his donation, Turner visited the Sokoto sultanate in northern Nigeria and also paid a visit to Sultan Mahammad Sa’ad Abubkar.

“With support from traditional leaders like the Sultan, we are on the verge of achieving the first great humanitarian victory of the 21st century, the complete elimination of a disease that once affected millions,” Turner said ,according to the Times of India.

In 2008, the polio virus spread from northern Nigeria to 17 African countries and lead to a major outbreak. This was a tough challenge for the World Health Organization to contain. The WHO has battled the disease throughout the world and it has made major progress in Nigeria after receiving the support of religious leaders.