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Nigeria postpones programme of polio immunisation

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7451.1278-c (Published 27 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1278
  1. Abiodun Raufu
  1. Lagos

    Nigeria has postponed its nationwide poliomyelitis immunisation programme for several months, after criticism by the country's Muslim population of the safety of the vaccines being given to children. The move is ostensibly to allow time to resolve the controversy surrounding the immunisation exercise.

    According to the press release signed by Wosilat Giwa, the director of communications and essential services of the national programme on immunisation, the exercise scheduled to have taken place from 22 to 25 May 2004, has been postponed until September 2004.

    Although no reason was given for the postponement, it is believed …

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