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Pak takes lessons from India’s polio campaign

With no new polio cases being reported for more than a year,India’s experience of containing the dreaded virus is now being replicated in Pakistan.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published: May 16, 2012 3:54:02 am

With no new polio cases being reported for more than a year,India’s experience of containing the dreaded virus is now being replicated in Pakistan.

Following the example of its India chapter,the Pakistani arm of Rotary International has adopted several strategies that have proved to be winners in India.

In 2011,198 polio cases were reported in Pakistan and this year 16 cases have been reported so far,and that too excluding the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

Later this month,the Pakistan government will be sending a high-level delegation to India to study the latter’s polio experience in depth. The delegation will meet various government organisations and NGOs,Health Ministry officials said.

Deepak Kapur,chairman of Rotary’s India National PolioPlus Committee,said: “We had shared three models with Pakistan and they have adopted all three.”

Talking to The Indian Express,Aziz Memon,chairman of the Pakistan’s National PolioPlus Committee,said following the Indian model,they have identified 33 high risk blocks in Pakistan and health camps were being organised in these areas. “These started a few months back and we seem to making good progress on both counts,” Memon said.

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