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:
"I would like to express my congratulations to you for being recently awarded the "Polio Champion Award" by Rotary International in recognition of your critical role in leading the polio eradication efforts in India.
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".