Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Nigeria: ... and then there were three

Health authorities have confirmed Cote d'Ivoire's first case of Polio in four years and there is worry that the disease might have spread from Nigeria. However, there's some measure of good news from Nigeria ...
... Bauchi, another predominantly Muslim state, on Wednesday rejoined the four-day campaign to immunize 63 million children in west and central African countries including Nigeria.

Bauchi had just two days earlier suspended participation in the vaccine drive. Reasons for its apparent reversal were unclear and officials there could not immediately be reached for comment.

The decision left three heavily Muslim Nigerian states - Kano, Zamfara and Niger - banning the vaccines.