World Health Organisation (WHO) may soon accord India with the tag of 'Polio free Nation' and it is seen as confirmation of one of India's biggest public health successes, achieved through a massive and sustained immunization programme. Union health ministry has described the moment as the 'Moment of Milestone' for the country.
After removing India from the list of polio-endemic, the WHO is expected to formally certify India's polio-free status next month after testing its last samples. In spite India's success, health experts fear a resurgence of polio in other parts of the world like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria.
Its been three years since any new case of polio has came into light. After the elimination of small pox in May 1980, Polio will be only the second disease in the history to be eliminated in India through immunization.
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, while speaking to media said "Any country that does not have a case of polio for three consecutive years is declared polio free by the WHO. For the last two years we have been a polio free country. If by January 13, there are no polio cases in the country, then we will be declared polio free."