The Expert Advisory Group on Polio 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.
"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 Health Ministry statement said.
"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 health in India.
"The nation-wide polio campaigns should continue along with routine immunization strengthening initiatives such as Mission Indradhanush, Gram SwarajAbhiyan, and Extended-Gram Swaraj Abhiyan," she said.
Michel Zaffran, Head of Polio Eradication, WHO, said that globally the world is closer to polio eradication than ever before.
"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 oral and injectable polio 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 vaccination efforts in the country.
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