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The Tally Ho

Monday, September 06, 2004

Polio Vaccinations in Nigeria

There has been a lot of terrible news our recently. Nine Marines have been killed in the last day, and that aweful tragedy at the school in Russia. But according to a BBC article, Huge Nigerian Drive Against Polio, 13 million children are being vaccinated in northern Nigeria. According to the article "Nigeria now accounts for about 80% of new cases and 12 previously polio-free African nations have been reinfected."
Once the new programme is completed, Nigeria will prepare for a synchronised vaccination campaign - which will run in 22 countries - at the beginning of October as part of final efforts to rescue the WHO goal of wiping out polio worldwide by 2005.

Polio, which mainly affects children under five, is caused by a virus that invades the nervous system and can cause paralysis or death.

The disease is considered endemic in only six countries - Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Niger, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

When the eradication drive was launched in 1988, polio was a serious problem in 125 countries.

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