Nepal a polio free nation. Nepal has maintained polio free status since last three years. As an outcome of it the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Nepal as a polio-free nation on Thursday 27.The last patient with polio diagnosed was three years back on August 30, a 22-month baby girl from Rahaut.
Nepal has achieved this feat in a period of seventeen years since the National Polio Education Eradication Campaign was begun in 1996 and government started marking National Immunization Day. More than 600,000 new born are now administered with anti-polio drops every year.
To attend the meeting of South-East Asia Regional Certification for Polio Eradication on 27th March, Health Minister and Population Khagaraj Adhikari left for New Delhi yesterday with his team .The team include Director of Child Health Division Dr Sinendra Upreti, Dr Aung, WHO representative for Nepal, Dr Badro Raj Pandey, Chairman of National Certification Committee of Polio.
Dr Upreti said “This is a great achievement for Nepal. We are working earnestly to make sure that each child of the country gets polio vaccination.” He further added that they will work to make sure that no new cases enter Nepal from other countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan, where polio is still to be eradicated.
Today, WHO has declared 11 countries including Nepal as a polio-free status. Other countries which are declared as polio free are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste.
The statement reads, “WHO South-East Asia Region, home to a quarter of the world’s population, was certified polio-free by an independent commission under the WHO certification process. This is the fourth of six WHO Regions to be certified, marking an important step towards global polio eradication. With this step, 80% of the world’s population now lives in certified polio-free regions.”
In the year 1999 2 cases of polio was diagnosed, in 2000 and 2005 four each, 5 cases each were on 2006-2007 and in 2008 and 2010 6 each cases were diagnosed of polio according to the Child Health Division, Nepal.
Poliomyelitis often called polio or infantile paralysis is an acute viral, infectious disease spread from person to person affecting mainly under-fives, primarily via the fecal-oral route. It invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis.
So it is very important to get vaccination of polio to all children.
Info: Sajhilo Nepali Magazine