Po­lio no more

The Africa Report - - QUARTER -

Nigeria is on the cusp of a ma­jor vic­tory: erad­i­cat­ing the threat of the dis­ease po­lio. The coun­try will soon be de­clared po­lio-free thanks to a drive to put the fake-news days of the early 2000s be­hind it: some north­ern Nige­rian lead­ers had called for a boy­cott of po­lio vac­ci­na­tions, say­ing that the drugs would cause HIV or in­fer­til­ity. Nigeria re­mains the last African coun­try where po­lio is a prob­lem, while in the world only Afghanista­n and Pak­istan have yet to tame the virus. The skills de­vel­oped in the Nige­rian fight against po­lio have been use­ful in re­spond­ing to other sorts of out­breaks, like yel­low fever and Ebola.

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