An official revealed that in a severe setback to the government's efforts to make the country polio-free, an 11-month-old male child succumbed to the dreaded virus in a government hospital.
The victim, Rohit R. Shelke, who was detected as "polio positive" around two weeks ago, breathed his last at the Maharashtra Institute of Medical Science and Research (MIMSR) Medical College, Latur, MIMSR dean Deepti Dongaonkar said Sunday.
The child hailed from Khanapur village in Dharur block of Beed district, some 140 km from here, in the backward Marathwada region of the state.
According to information available from health officials, the child was paralysed May 4 and was admitted to the SRTR Hospital in Ambejogai, Beed, which suspected that he could be polio positive.
Later last month, the samples were also tested at the MIMSR, Latur, which diagnosed it as 'P2' polio virus.