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ICICI Lombard Expert Blog

No Polio Year for India

May 16 2012

India has now a big reason to smile. Yes, it is a victory for India on the polio front this year. It has already achieved a big milestone of 'NO' new polio case for an entire year. The best part is that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been planning to remove India from its list of polio endemic countries.

However, the experts in the field of health have something else to say. They are still asking people of India to stay vigilant and continue fighting against the paralysing disease that seriously affect children aged under five years of age to keep it miles away from the country.

According to Ms. Anuradha Gupta, joint secretary in the union health ministry, the country and health providers were ecstatic about meeting this great milestone. She also added that the progress is highly encouraging to the health ministry.

Experts feel that the country is in risk right now and cannot afford to drop guard. They also feel that they need to work hard really hard to ensure India stays absolutely polio free in the forthcoming years. They also need to work against indigenous transmission and importation.

According to a research, it has been stated that the last polio case in India was reported on January 13 2011. It involved a two-year-old girl. She hailed from West Bengal. In the year 2010, there were about 42 cases and the year 2009 saw about 741 cases across the nation. This accounted for about half of the polio cases across the globe. In the year 1991, there were about 6,028 cases and back in 1985 it was 150,000.

What actually worked was that each Indian state prepared itself a campaign for detecting the disease and methodology to respond to wild poliovirus instantly via special 'Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans'.


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