India celebrated it's first Polio Free year and considers this as a major milestone in its struggle against this dreaded disease. The world health organization termed it as the greatest health achievement for India. This success is the hard work of the government of India together with partnership with Rotary International, centers for diseases control and prevention, World Health Organization, UNICEF as well as millions of volunteers, health workers and community leaders. India being the worlds' largest populated country has proved and set an example for other countries that, Polio can be eradicated. The other countries with a large number of Polio cases are Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
Head quartered in US, Rotary International, which was majorly involved in the polio-eradication campaign in India termed it as major milestone in the global effort to eradicate the crippling disease polio. With support of Rotary clubs and Rotaract clubs spread all around India, Indians Rotarians and Rotaractors worked diligently month after month, year after year, to help organize and carry out the National Immunisation Days that reach millions of children with the oral polio vaccine. Rotary launched its polio eradication program since 1985 and in 1988 became spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, together with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the US centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Contributed by: Mohinder Pal Singh
Date: January 22, 2012