Practice Opening – mhmokaysure

The spread of Polio in Nigeria stems from a far deeper issue; the government’s distrust by its own people. Ranked by Transparency International as one of the most corrupt nations in the world, there is undoubtedly a disconnect between the citizens and their government. Because of this, uncorroborated statements of the Polio vaccine containing AIDS or infertility drugs as a method of reducing the Muslim population were enough to have all vaccination banned in four northern states. Although vaccination efforts remain strongly led by Muhammad Ali Pate, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Health, the country faces Islamic Insurgency attacks regularly in its Northern region preventing successful execution of these efforts. With these groups targeting schools, hospitals, and UN headquarters, the country appears to be stuck between two sides, with the children of the nation falling victim to both Polio and politics.

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