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Dr. Haruna Kaita is the JNI scientists who conducted the test on the polio vaccines in India, and he is also the Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
You are among the JNI scientists who went to India to conduct various tests on the controversial OPV which was alleged to have contaminants. What was the outcome of your tests?
...I spent about 23 days in India mostly in laboratories conducting analysis on the samples of oral Polio vaccines I took along, using some of the most sophisticated laboratory equipments in the world which were even cited and recommended by WHO as number one. It is WHO that said GC-MS is the best equipment for discovering contaminants in drugs because of its sensitivity and its is state of the art in the world. So I used that machine and used Radio-Immuno assay in conducting the tests.
What was the result you got from the tests?
Some of the Indian scientists who were in the lab also wondered how come a polio vaccine had such contaminants that were not suppose to be there. Some of the things we discovered in the vaccines are harmful, toxic; some have direct effect on human reproductive system. But I was surprised when one of the federal government doctors was telling me something contrary to what I have learnt, studied, taught and is the common knowledge of all pharmaceutical scientist, that estrogen cannot induce anti-fertility response on human. That is the most absurd thing I ever heard from a learned person who said he is a professor. I am a professional in my chosen field, I am a professional pharmacist, I am an authority when it comes to drug, and here is somebody telling me that I don't know the biological or pharmacological effect of a drug substance in human body. I found that argument very disturbing and ridiculous.
Guardian: Anti-polio campaign in Indonesia
Indonesia plans to vaccinate 5.2 million children in one day to prevent the spread of polio, which has re-emerged in the country
The immunisation drive will be held at the end of the month, concentrated in the three provinces closest to Girijaya, the village at the centre of the outbreak, about 70 miles south-east of Jakarta, according to Yus Harman, the head of the programme.
The strain is believed to have originated in Nigeria, where Islamic clerics boycotted a vaccination campaign they claimed was part of an American anti-Muslim plot.
Indonesia is the 16th country to be reinfected with polio since 2003.