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Only 41 cases of polio detected in India this year

India’s fight against polio has started showing results with only 41 cases having been detected in the country this year.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
December 25, 2010 4:44:13 am

India’s fight against polio has started showing results with only 41 cases having been detected in the country this year. Experts involved with the polio eradication campaign in India are hopeful the country will the league of polio-free nations by next year.

“In the last two decades,the least number of reported cases of polio in India was recorded this year,” said Dr Sunil Bahl,Deputy Project Manager-Technical,National Polio Surveillance Project. The project run by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows 685 cases had been detected till December 22 last year.

“The 41 cases detected this year were from seven states — Uttar Pradesh,Bihar,Maharashtra,West Bengal,Jharkhand and Jammu-Kashmir,” he said,delivering a presentation on “Working together to end polio- inter agency coordination meeting” in Chandigarh on Friday.

Bahl said the most vulnerable areas for the polio — the western UP and central Bihar — had not reported any single case since November 2009.

Chawla to Rotary: Fight female foeticide

Punjab Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla on Friday sought the help of Rotary volunteers to initiate campaign against female foeticide. “We have to ensure that we are able to educate people against female foeticide,” she said,addressing an Inter-Agency Coordinating Meeting for Polio Eradication in Chandigarh. The event was organised by Rotary International’s India National PolioPlus Society,representatives from WHO India,health workers from the states of Punjab and Haryana. “After polio eradication,the next big effort for Rotarians should be to focus on sensitising the minds of the people to prevent killing of girl child in the womb,” she said.

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