Polio Source—-Dan Primavera

Nigeria Polio Vaccination Incidents

Title of Article: Gunmen kill polio immunization workers in northern Nigeria

Source: Los Angeles Times- World, http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-polio-immunization-shooting-nigeria-20130208,0,6931585.story?track=rss

“Conservative Muslim clerics in Nigeria’s north have long been leery of immunizations. Polio exploded there a decade ago after imams called for a halt to immunizing of children, claiming the vaccinations were a Western plot to sterilize Muslim girls.”

Nigeria polio immunization

Along with this quote above, the end of the article makes a very hefty claim about the state of Nigeria’s polio problem and what it is doing to the surrounding countries. The author claims that Nigeria is one of three countries in the world where polio remains endemic which is an evaluation claim, but also in the same paragraph states a consequential claim by saying that “Nigeria has allowed the crippling disease to spread to other countries in the past, reinfecting areas where polio had been wiped out” which is most likely true but not proven (at least in terms of the article).

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3 Responses to Polio Source—-Dan Primavera

  1. davidbdale says:

    Hey, Dan,
    Thank you for the link and the photo. I’m missing some elements of the assignment, though.

    • You haven’t said how you found it: what commercial or academic database did you search to find it?
    • What argument would you make that is supported by evidence in this source?
    • How does the source material support your own argument?
    • primav01 says:

      I used google (the news section) to find this link/story. I typed in something along the lines of, “polio vaccination problems,” in the news section of google and then just went through the possible links to find one that I thought would be interesting.

      I believe that this article is trying to support the argument that there is so much objection to these vaccinations because of the fear that, “the vaccinations were a Western plot to sterilize Muslim girls.”

      This source material would support my own argument on this topic because of how it aided into the idea or claim that because of Nigeria’s struggle to control the polio endemic in their own nation, it consequently reinfects neighboring areas/countries that were previously cleared of polio.

      -Sorry about not clearing this up sooner but I had not seen your comment

      • davidbdale says:

        Thanks, Dan, that all makes sense. Now, if I may, I’d like to help streamline your language for clarity and effectiveness. The more words you use to describe the arguments of others, the more confusing things get. Instead of:

        I believe that this article is trying to support the argument that there is so much objection to these vaccinations because of the fear that, “the vaccinations were a Western plot to sterilize Muslim girls.”

        Try this:

        The article supplies evidence that the local populations object to these vaccinations out of fear that “the vaccinations were a Western plot to sterilize Muslim girls.”

        Instead of:

        This source material would support my own argument on this topic because of how it aided into the idea or claim that because of Nigeria’s struggle to control the polio endemic in their own nation, it consequently reinfects neighboring areas/countries that were previously cleared of polio.

        Try this:

        This source supports my argument that Nigeria’s struggle to control the polio endemic in Nigeria reinfects neighboring areas/countries previously cleared of polio.

        Simpler is almost always better.

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