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Polio Ward Overburdened in Nigeria

KANO, NIGERIA - APRIL 13: A child with polio has his leg braced in a cast at the polio ward of Murtala Muhammed Public Hospital April 13, 2005 in Kano, Nigeria. Polio, a disease that health workers once had hoped to eradicate worldwide by 2005, is on the march again in Kano, where local Islamic leaders banned the polio vaccine two years ago over post Sept. 11 suspicions of everything Western. Now children who caught polio during the haitus in innoculations are flooding the underfunded public polio ward. Most get only simple treatment, like ointment rubs, plaster casts, and occasional physical therapy, even though more advanced treatments--which the public hospitals cannot afford--are far more effective. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
Polio Ward Overburdened in Nigeria


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April 13, 2005
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