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India on right track: Expert advisory group on polio

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The on has said the country is on the "right track" and lauded the Centre and state governments for maintaining polio-free status for over seven years, an official statement today said.

Union Secretary Preeti chaired the 27th Meeting of the (IEAG) to review the country programme activities and make recommendations today.

"The expert member group concluded that the country is on the right track. The experts commended the strong leadership of the government as the ownership of the state governments for maintaining polio-free status for more than seven years and ensuring that every child is vaccinated against the disease," a Ministry statement said.

The last case of in was reported in January 2011.

The programme has ensured adequate protection of children through campaigns and childhood immunisation.

noted that there are two types of polio vaccine - vaccine and vaccine, which are both used in to provide enhanced protection.

"We need to ensure that every child in India receives at least three doses of OPV and two doses of IPV during infancy. This in an invaluable investment for child in India.

"The campaigns should continue along with routine strengthening initiatives such as Mission Indradhanush, Gram SwarajAbhiyan, and Extended-Gram Swaraj Abhiyan," she said.

Michel Zaffran, of Polio Eradication, WHO, said that globally the world is closer to polio eradication than ever before.

Zaffran said 11 cases have been registered in 2018 in only two countries and

"The experts appreciate the example that India sets for the rest of the world. By eliminating polio in India, the country has demonstrated that global polio eradication is feasible and within reach," Zaffran said.

The statement said that the group of experts appreciated the efforts of India in using both vaccines and recommends that this be continued so that no child in India gets paralysed ever again.

Community participation remains an integral part of the polio efforts in the country.

The expert group noted that more than 23 lakh vaccinators are mobilised to support mass campaign during which 17 crores children get the drops.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 21:20 IST