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India gets WHO praise on polio front; no case in 30 months

On another positive note on health in India: the World Health Organisation on Tuesday lauded India’s efforts in eradicating polio and said the country has not reported a single case of polio in the last 30 months.

Mothers with vaccination schedule cards

“You did it. For 30 months you have not got a single case of polio,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said while addressing the meeting of Health Ministers of South-East Asia Region in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee.

She said India achieved the feat even as 194 countries in the world were speculating whether it can interrupt the transmission of polio. She also urged nations of the region to adopt universal healthcare access for all.

The anti-polio campaign is India’s success story in the making and it should use this example when tackling with other critical communicable and noncommunicable diseases plaguing the country today. To read this article, please click here.


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