Militant Insurgency, Suspicion Over Polio Vaccines Hinder Health Workers’ Efforts To Immunize Children In Nigeria
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Nigeria fights myths, fear in polio vaccine drive
“…Boko Haram’s seven-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state has disrupted health services across Nigeria’s northeast and hampered efforts to get [polio] vaccines to children at risk. … And as fighting between the militants and the Nigerian army forces people to flee their homes, aid agencies are concerned that the virus could spread to neighboring Chad, Niger, and Cameroon, and nearby Central African Republic. … [H]ealth workers in Nigeria must contend not only with fear of the virus itself, but also suspicion of the vaccine…” (Nwaubani, 11/18).