Polio vaccination to resume after attacks from neighbouring countries
The distribution of Polio vaccines, which was stopped after polio disease was eradicated from the country, will kickstart again due to the threat of the disease being spread from other countries.
The distribution of the vaccine will be resumed on January 19 in the entire country. Polio disease have been reported from neighbouring countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The World Health Organisation, on March 27, 2014, had declared India free of Polio disease victims. However, the vaccine continued for three more years due to caution. In Kerala, Malappuram district was the last district in Kerala to report the disease in the year 2000. In 2014, the state government brought down the vaccine distribution to a single phase. In 2019, it was given to those coming from the migrant community. However, the polio expert committee of the Central health department decided to extend the distribution till 2020 and 2021.
In 2018, 33 cases have been reported from countries such as Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2019, 11 cases were reported from Pakistan and 26 from Afghanistan. Indians maintain close contact with people from these nationalities in the Gulf region. Countries such as Syria and Iraq, which were free of the disease for the last 10 years, have reported the disease from Pakistan natives.