Nigeria to start emergency polio campaign
Aug.12, Abuja: Nigeria is going to start emergency mass polio vaccination campaign in the north-east after two new cases emerged. The cases were the first incidences of the highly infectious disease in Africa for two years.
According to the Nigerian government, polio paralysed two children in Borno state, a part of Nigeria where Boko Haram militants have hindered health campaigns.
The development is seen as a major setback for Nigeria, which was on track to be declared polio free in 2017. The cases were confirmed exactly two years after Africa's last previous case - in the Puntland region of Somalia, on 11 August 2014.
Nigeria's government said that one million children would be immunized in the affected areas in Borno and a further four million will also be targeted in neighbouring states.
The Oslo Times International News Network