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India becomes Polio free

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India no longer in Polio Endemic Countries’ list announced the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad Azad at the Polio Summit 2012.

 

WHO has taken India’s name off the list of polio endemic countries in view of the remarkable progress that India achieved by being polio free for the past one full year. The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad shared this important development today in the presence of Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh at the inaugural of the two day Polio Summit 2012 in New Delhi. The Polio Summit organised jointly by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Rotary International also saw participation of Federal Minister for Interprovincial Coordination, Government of Pakistan, Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani; Minister of Health and Population, Government of Nepal Rajendra Mahato; Deputy Minister of Health, Government of Sri Lanka, Lalith Dissanayaka; Ministers of State for Health and Family Welfare, Shri Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Shri S Gandhiselvan, Secretary Health and Family Welfare Shri P K Pradhan, Rotary International President Mr. Kalyan Banerjee and The Rotary Foundation Chairman Mr. William Boyd as also subject experts from developing partners who have gathered at the Summit to renew and reinforce their commitment to eradicate polio in India.

Reaffirming the commitment of India to achieve full immunization, Dr Manmohan Singh said “We must ensure that every Indian child, rich or poor, whether living in Ladakh or in Delhi has equal access to the best immunization. To this ambitious task I commit our government”. He noted that the coordinated efforts of the Government of India with close partnership of States Governments, international organizations and groups including the Rotary International, the World Health Organization and UNICEF and the 23 lakh volunteers as also supervisors, has helped to rid our country of the terrible scourge of Polio. The Prime Minister said “it is a matter of satisfaction that we have completed one year without any single new case of polio being reported from anywhere in the country. This gives us hope that we can finally eradicate polio not only from India but from the face of the entire mother earth. The success of our efforts shows that teamwork pays”.

Dr Manmohan Singh also emphasized the need for nutritious food, safe drinking water, proper sanitation and education in addition to Universal access to safe vaccines. He said that we need to accelerate our efforts to achieve goal of providing universal access to health care at affordable cost for all our citizens. “The rising cost of health care is another key challenge. We are, therefore focusing our attention towards social security of the poor with regard to their health care. Public expenditure on health has increased from less than 1% of our GDP in 2006-07 to an estimated 1.4% of GDP by the end of the Eleventh Five year Plan. But we will need to work harder and do more if we have to reach our goal of increasing public expenditure on health to at least 2.5% of the GDP. Education and health will be the key priorities of the Twelfth Five Year Plan” he emphasized.

 

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