India is polio free, but faces threat of virus from Pakistan

Friday, February 7, 2014

India is all geared up to be tagged ‘polio-free,’ in February by the Indian Government after not a single case of polio was reported in the past three years within the country’s boundaries. At this juncture, World Health Organization (WHO) country head, Dr Nata Menabde speaks to Maitri Porecha and Santosh Andhale about the intricacies involved in tackling the crippling challenge of polio.

The Centre would tag India polio free on February 11. However, everything is not hunky dory as is being perceived. Or, at least that’s what world health organisation (WHO) country head, Dr Nata Menabde, feels, warning us against complacency.

Dr Menabde, who spoke to dna, warned that India still faced the threat of cross-country infection from neighbours like Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Source: DNA India (link opens in a new window)

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