Integrated Regional Information Network NIGERIA: HIV contaminated polio vaccine fears allayed
July 22, 2004
JOHANNESBURG, 22 Jul 2004 (PLUSNEWS) - Officials in Nigeria's
northern state of Kano earlier this week ended an eight-month
boycott of polio vaccinations after tests showed that the vaccines
were not contaminated with HIV.
A polio immunisation campaign by the World Health Organisation was
stopped amid rumours that the vaccines were part of a US plan to
spread HIV and infertility among Muslims.
In February the Nigerian government sent state and religious
representatives to South Africa, Indonesia and India to observe
testing of the vaccine and recently announced that results proved
the vaccines were safe.
"Our government has accepted the report from the experts. We are
satisfied with the report and have directed the commencement of the
polio vaccination in the state. There was nothing religious or
political in our argument," Reuters quoted Kano State Governor
Ibrahim Shekarau as saying.