Oh to Be in Nigeria Now That Polio Is There!

Being Nigerian isn’t so bad, I’m sure.

And being Muslim is okay, too, to the one-point-whatever billion Muslims.

But to be both Nigerian and Muslim? Not a good combination:

Nine female polio vaccinators have been killed in two shootings at health centres in northern Nigeria, police have told the BBC.

In the first attack in Kano the polio vaccinators were shot dead by gunmen who drove up on a motor tricycle.

Thirty minutes later gunmen targeted a clinic outside Kano city as the vaccinators prepared to start work.

Some Nigerian Muslim leaders have previously opposed polio vaccinations, claiming they could cause infertility.

On Thursday, a controversial Islamic cleric spoke out against the polio vaccination campaign, telling people that new cases of polio were caused by contaminated medicine.

Such opposition is a major reason why Nigeria is one of just three countries where polio is still endemic.

No kidding! Polio would be as extinct as the dinosaurs if not for such “controversial” Islamic clerics. We’ve been reporting stories like this for the better part of a decade. In every case, modern Western medicine corners the scourge of children and young adults everywhere, polio, its eradication in our grasp, only to see these functional Neanderthals (if that’s not unfair to Neanderthals) aid and abet its escape.

Lest you think I’m coming on too strongly, the last three countries where polio is endemic are Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. You were saying…?

One infected child is enough to start another epidemic, and polio doesn’t discriminate.


  1. Kimmi said,

    February 9, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

    I don’t really understand what they have against vaccines.

  2. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    February 9, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    One excuse is sheer ignorance: they think the vaccines cause infertility (or something). The other excuse is more realistic. The CIA used the guise of vaccines to try to get a sample of DNA from the people of Abbotabad, where they suspected (correctly) Bin Laden was hiding out. These guys are ignorant, but they come by their ignorance honestly.

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