Medical teams of the Rhodesian and Nyasaland Government at present fighting to control the outbreak of smallpox in Nyasaland, Dec 20, have found that Africans will allow themselves to be injected with vaccine.
GV PAN from bush to medical team.
RV Medical team into jeep.
SV Unit over bridge.
LV African village.
SV Team member talks to African.
SV Doctor inoculates child.
CU PAN african children.
SV Another child inoculated followed by mother.
SV woman and child refuse vaccine.
SV They walk away.
GV Medical unit follow them.
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Background: Medical teams of the Rhodesian and Nyasaland Government at present fighting to control the outbreak of smallpox in Nyasaland, Dec 20, have found that Africans will allow themselves to be injected with vaccine. An intimidation campaign, thought to be the work of the Malawi Congress Party, has resulted in hostility from the Nyasas when vaccination is mentioned.
Covering the most remote areas of the country in jeeps the teams often find complete villages which refuse vaccination. Apart from the Malawi campaign man tribes have for years refused medical treatment. Some are still taught that the power of the witch doctor is stronger than that of the white man.
So far this year 665 cases of smallpox have been reported with 45 deaths, most of the victims being children. The Government authorities think that the intimidations have prevented hundreds of cases from being reported.
Leader of the Malawi Party Dr. Hastings Banda has urged the Africans to be vaccinated. However in the isolated kraals its the local party machine that controls the supporters. It is felt that the "Bush Malawi" is responsible for the campaign, against the advice of Dr. Banda.