Nigerian president holds key to global polio eradicationBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7439.544-e (Published 04 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:544
- Fiona Fleck
Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo is expected to intervene to persuade the Muslim states in northern Nigeria to join a second round of poliomyelitis vaccinations across West Africa between 23 and 26 March, World Health Organization officials have said.
Leaders in the Nigerian states boycotted the first round of a campaign to immunise 63 million children across west Africa, claiming that the oral vaccine caused sterility and spread AIDS and branding the WHO campaign a US plot to depopulate Africa.
The boycott is a major setback for WHO's campaign to eradicate polio globally by …