WHO takes India off polio endemic list: Ghulam Nabi Azad

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    New Delhi: India has a reason to smile on the polio front, as it was taken off the list of polio endemic countries by the World Health Organisation (WHO), health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad announced at the Polio Summit 2012 held at Vigyan Bhawan on Saturday.

    The summit had Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also in attendance.

    "WHO has taken India's name off the list of polio endemic countries in view of the remarkable progress that we have made during the past one year," Azad said.

    The heath minister also disclosed that from 2 lakh polio cases a year, the country has recorded not a single polio case in the past one year.

    "We have won the battle but the war is not yet over. Let us continue our efforts with the same vigour, so that India can be declared polio free in the year 2014," Azad said.

    The health minister also said that the ministry has put in place an emergency preparedness and response plan which would be implemented in all states in the country.

    "Under the emergency preparedness and response plan, there will be zero tolerance for any new polio case and such a case will be declared as a public health emergency. Rapid response teams have already been formed in all states to rapidly respond to any polio case in the country," Azad added.

    While India has been taken off the list of polio endemic list by the WHO, three countries -- Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan -- still make the list.

    WHO takes India off polio endemic list: Ghulam Nabi Azad - The Times of India
     
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    Something to be proud of.

    Salute to those who put hard wok in polio drive....:thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    Actually, we cant get on a high horse just yet. Immunisation penetration is only 66%. For successful prevention, it should be around 85% or more. So lets wait for few more years!!
     

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