February 02, 2006
Polio no longer endemic in Egypt
Says The World Health Organization. For the first time in a recorded history going back many thousand years, says some guy from the Egyptian health ministry. Huzzah, says I.
(Is there a point to this, other than it just being nice to report some good news occasionally? Maybe just that public health is one of those things that even the most godawful corrupt useless governments can get right.)
Posted by tomscud at February 2, 2006 04:53 AM
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As with most government accomplishments, East or West, I am inclined to credit inertia or dumbass luck first.
Posted by: eerie at February 2, 2006 12:46 PM
how long until it comes back thanks to saharan/sub-saharan stupidity RE: vaccinations?
Posted by: drdougfir at February 2, 2006 01:01 PM
I was about to express great political interest until I re-read the headline and realized it did not say "PolICE no longer endemic in Egypt". In any event, it is good news.
Posted by: matthew hogan at February 2, 2006 08:29 PM
I am inclined to credit inertia or dumbass luck first.
Or maybe the cooperation of various outside agencies, and even my favorite hometown NGO. One of my oldest and best friends, who works there, was in Bangladesh on a national polio immunization day - he said the scene was just wild, and millions of children were immunized in a single day. Sometimes it takes more than a village.
Posted by: Eva Luna at February 2, 2006 09:08 PM