Saturday, April 20, 2013

Polio Problems

After a 25 year long global effort to eliminate polio, it is still hanging on in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan  and Nigeria. Nigeria saw an increase in this virus's activity in the population from 2011-2012. Nigeria does not have a public health system, which makes eliminating this disease difficult. This article continues to say that the biggest road blocks in solving this polio problem are nomads and remote populations. These people receive no education or health care which means that they aren't getting treatment for disease and viruses like polio. Many people don't even want the vaccination because they have several other health issues that they want taken care of. However, nomads to not refuse the treatment for polio. If these unreached people receive the vaccination, progress  in eliminating this virus can be made.
This article was not very direct, meaning that it contained a lot of information or wording that was not needed. The author seemed to circle around a lot in this article. The main social problem is that there is no public health system in Nigeria. Yes, the nomads and remote populations are also a problem, but if there were a proper public health system, these places and people could be reached more easily. Another social problem is that people are refusing the vaccination because they aren't getting treated for other viruses and illnesses that they have. This could also go back to the fact that there is no public health system. If there were a system like this, people could possibly be treated for their illnesses and would gladly accept a polio vaccination as well.
Emma Starnes 8:48 am 4/20.2013

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