Nigerian children pay the price of polio vaccine ban as polio outbreak hits
Now, as expected, polio is beginning to spread among children in the region. Now the local authorities are appealing for urgent assistance.
The World Health Organisation has sent a team to the area. The team has confirmed that the outbreak is polio.
It was only during the month of May this year that officials in Kano decided to resume vaccinations because the new batch came from Indonesia, a muslim country. Unfortunately, this massive delay is going to be paid for by scores of children, who could end up being crippled for life (as well as dying).
Polio is very rare in the world today. Vaccinations, which are done worldwide, have managed to nearly eradicate the disease. If the 'wise' men of those regions of Nigeria had decided to see sense a long time ago, polio would most probably not exist in Nigeria today. Why didn't they ask for batches from muslim countries a year ago? Why did they wait so long? Everyone, the WHO, their neighbours, even their own population was begging them to see sense.
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