Following the case of two infants who have contracted polio, Nigeria is launching an emergency polio vaccination program.
Military helicopters are airlifting the vaccine to the affected region, but carrying out the inoculations won’t be easy. The radical Islamist group Boko Haram controls or threatens much of the area.
The group has been known to kill health workers carrying out the vaccinations. But the militant group has lost territory in recent months, and the government is determined to push ahead with the vaccination effort.
The Nigerian government has “moved into emergency outbreak response mode,” UNICEF spokesperson Priyanka Khanna said in a statement.
“Planning for a large-scale campaign is in place,” Khanna said. “The first campaign will start on August 27, targeting 1.3 million children. Subsequently two further rounds will be conducted, at two-to-three week intervals, reaching four-to-five million children.
Source: Nam News Network