About Careers MedBlog Contact us

SAARC Health Ministers’ Meet to Help Eradicate Polio in India and Neighboring Countries

by Shirley Johanna on April 6, 2015 at 6:46 PM
Font : A-A+

SAARC Health Ministers’ Meet to Help Eradicate Polio in India and Neighboring Countries

Health Ministers from SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) nations would meet in Delhi on April 8 to discuss on ways to fight against polio in India's neighborhood and minimize the risk of cross country movement of the virus.

Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the world's only three reservoirs of polio virus. Pakistan recorded 305 new polio cases in 2014 making it the most deadly year for the crippling disease since 2000. The country poses the biggest challenge to fight polio. A total of 21 new polio cases recorded in Pakistan in 2015 so far. The annual number of polio virus cases has fallen from 3.5 lakh in 1988 to 416 in 2013.


India had offered support to Pakistan on the measures required to eradicate polio, but yet to receive response from Islamabad. India continues a strict vigil on Pakistan border to stop the entry of polio-infected individuals.

J P Nadda, Union Health Minister will interact with his Pakistani counterpart Saira Afzal Tarar, on the sidelines of SAARC Health Ministers' meeting on April 8.

SAARC nations Health Ministers will be attending the conference on April 6 to 7. The conference will deliberate and provide guidance and a roadmap for strengthening collaboration among SAARC countries on a number of issues and challenges faced by them.

Other issues to be discussed at the meet will include prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, disease surveillance network, health infrastructure, human resources for health, immunization for vaccine preventable diseases, HIV/AIDS, mental health and antibiotic resistance.

Source: Medindia


Recommended Reading

Latest Child Health News

Stunted Growth in North Korean Kids: What You Need to Know
In 2022, the number of North Korean kids falling under the obese category stood at 47,500 compared with 25,100 in 2012.
Fatty Acid in Breast Milk Linked to Improved Heart Function
In mice the maternal milk provides a key signal that instructs cardiomyocytes to activate lipid metabolism.
A Closer Look at the Rise in Heart Inflammation in Newborns
Among infants infections from enterovirus are common, but the association to heart muscle inflammation (myocarditis) with severe outcomes is unusual.
 “Eat, Sleep, Console” Approach: Better Way to Help Newborns in Opioid Withdrawal
New approach called “Eat, Sleep, Console” gets newborns with symptoms of opioid withdrawal out of the hospital sooner and with less medication.
Toxic Threat to Child Development: Air Pollution
Ground-breaking study has linked poor air quality in India to cognitive deficits in infants, highlighting the potential long-term impact of pollution on child development.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

SAARC Health Ministers’ Meet to Help Eradicate Polio in India and Neighboring Countries Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests