The Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan in a communication dated 17th September 2007 has expressed her congratulations to the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss for getting the Polio Champion Award.
Appreciating the critical role in leading the polio eradication efforts in the country, the Director-General expressed confidence that India will soon become polio-free and attain a historic milestone under the chairmanship of the Minister.
The following is the text of the message sent by the Director-General:
Your personal commitment and the strong support of the Government of India for polio eradication have yielded significant results during the past six months - polio in India is now primarily restricted to a few districts in two states, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and there has been a sharp decline in the number of type 1 polio cases in 2007. I want to reassure you that the strategic focus on combating type 1 poliovirus, even while there is a focal outbreak of type 3 polio in some districts this year, has been effective.
With your continued leadership and sustained political and financial support from the Governments of India, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in 2007-08, I am confident that India will soon become polio-free and attain a historic milestone.
The World Health Organization stands ready to assist the Government of India in its efforts to deliver a perpetual gift of a polio-free world to all its children".