WHO Says India Needs to Tackle Polio

by Medindia Content Team on  June 20, 2008 at 2:25 PM Indian Health News
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 WHO Says India Needs to Tackle Polio
The WHO has said that India's fight against polio has reached a crucial stage and that the country needs to tackle the disease in a rapid manner.

According to the latest World Health Organization data, India ranks second with 268 polio cases so far behind Nigeria with 272 cases. The main culprit is the Type 3 strain on the polio virus.

The aim though is to fully eradicate type 1 polio from India.

"The tools and strategies applied in the most challenging epidemiological region like India will show the world that if India can do it, why can't others achieve the same result?" said Hamid Jafari, head of WHO's polio surveillance project. He also added that a stronger polio vaccine was needed to fight the disease.

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