India crosses a year of being polio-free

India today touches the milestone of being polio-free for a whole year.

The lone case of polio in 2011 was detected in a two-year-old girl in Panchla block of Howrah district in West Bengal on this day last year.

`We are excited and hopeful and at the same time, vigilant and alert,` said Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad.

He said there is no room for complacency and there was need to ensure no case of polio infection was reported for the next three consecutive years for India to celebrate eradication of poliomyelitis.

The Minister noted that progress was remarkable considering that in 2009, India with 741 cases, accounted for nearly half the global cases.

`This giant leap towards polio containment in a short span of two years is an endorsement of India`s tireless and persistent efforts.

`India has set an example with the highest level of political commitment to the programme which reflects in its resource allocation, continuous efforts to identify and reach out to the most vulnerable children with tailored strategies for maximum reach, optimum use of available vaccines under the guidance of top national and international experts, an extra-ordinary communication strategy and strong partnership,` he said.

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