WHO removes India from polio countries list

WHO removes India from polio countries list
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India was removed from the list of countries with active endemic wild poliovirus transmission by WHO on 24th February 2012 as no wild poliovirus was detected from any source for more than 12 consecutive months after 13th January 2011 in Howrah district of West Bengal.

India was removed from the list of countries with active endemic wild poliovirus transmission by WHO on 24th February 2012 as no wild poliovirus was detected from any source for more than 12 consecutive months after 13th January 2011 in Howrah district of West Bengal.

Indian along with ten other countries of South East Asia Region of World Health Organization (WHO) was subsequently certified “that the transmission of indigenous wild poliovirus has been interrupted in all countries of the region. The Commission declares today, 27 March 2014 that South East Asia Region is poliomyelitis free”.

No wild poliovirus case has been detected from any State/UTs for more than 4 years after the last case of wild polio virus detected on 13th January 2011 (as on 16th December 2015.)

The Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.
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