WHA apprehends that India will be the first country to eradicate P1 poliovirus » WHA apprehends that India will be the first country to eradicate P1 poliovirus

WHA apprehends that India will be the first country to eradicate P1 poliovirus » WHA apprehends that India will be the first country to eradicate P1 poliovirus

WHA apprehends that India will be the first country to eradicate P1 poliovirus » WHA apprehends that India will be the first country to eradicate P1 poliovirusNew Delhi – The World Health Assembly better known as WHA at Geneva expects that India will be the primary polio endemic country to eliminate the most virulent P1 virus that leads to the disease and has asked the country to continue major vaccination campaigns.“India, Afghanistan and Pakistan should implement large-scale mop-up vaccination campaigns to interrupt their final chains of poliovirus transmission, given the very low levels of P1 in these countries,’ a resolution adopted at the 61st WHA said last week.

An Indian delegate who concentrated the assembly said WHO Director General Margaret Chan has advised endemic countries like India, Pakistan and Nigeria to eradicate polio once and for all.

“Tremendous efforts are being undertaken, often under very challenging conditions. We must finish the job. We are too close to allow this success to slip through our fingers,” said the official quoting Chan.

Encouraging India to keep up the intensity of the fight against P1, the international delegates at the WHA said in the resolution that with consistent and targeted attention in the next few months, “India could be the first of the remaining endemic countries to stop P1?.

In 2007, India accounted over 870 polio cases. In the first 5 months of this year, over 230 cases have been reported in the country of which Bihar accounts for over 75%.

However, barring 4 cases, all cases reported this year are P3 viruses.

From India, the Health Minister Dr. A. Ramadoss and Health Secretary Naresh Dayal were amid those attended the World Health Assembly.

(IANS)

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