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How Boko Haram extremists hampered polio eradication

By newadmin / Published on Wednesday, 07 Aug 2019 10:57 AM / Comments Off on How Boko Haram extremists hampered polio eradication / 55 views


ABUJA, Nigeria Nigeria is on the verge of eliminating polio, but Boko Haram is standing in the way.

Using violence and misinformation, the ISIS-linked militant group has hampered efforts to get every child in the country vaccinated against polio, leaving nearly 66,000 children in remote villages in northern Nigeria without the vaccine, according to UNICEF estimates.

But public health officials are pushing back, teaming up with the military and volunteers who have put their lives on the line to get vaccines to everyone.