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.