Sunday, 7 August, 2022
TopicPolio eradication programme

Topic: polio eradication programme

8 yrs after being ‘polio-free’, fresh scare for India as virus is found in Kolkata sewage

India was declared polio-free by WHO in 2014. Polio vaccine is a live attenuated virus, which suggests the virus can be detected in samples collected from areas with high vaccination rates.

Superstitions, fake vaccine certificates have intensified Pakistan’s fight with Polio

Polio is back to haunt the people of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after a 15-month hiatus.

Why Taliban takeover of Afghanistan is bad news for global battle against Covid, polio

Afghanistan is one of just two countries in the world where polio remains endemic. Also, only 0.6% of adults are fully vaccinated against Covid, as compared to global average of 23.6%.

New polio strategy sets 2026 target to eradicate disease, to focus on vaccine-derived outbreaks

Revised Global Polio Eradication Initiative will also design strategies that address Pakistan and Afghanistan where polio is still prevalent.

12 children given sanitiser instead of polio drops in Maharashtra

The affected children, all below 5 years of age, were admitted to a government hospital, where their condition is said to be stable, a Yavatmal district official said.

Peshawar’s women polio workers accuse seniors of harassment, threaten to boycott vaccine drive

Female polio workers hold protest, urge heath minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa district to take note of situation that has allegedly led to some of them losing their jobs.

WHO likely to give nod to novel polio vaccine before end of 2020, says report

Vaccine-derived polio poses threats of larger outbreaks, which can be fought with the new genetically modified vaccine that is still in trials.

Polio immunisation falls casualty to Covid as fear, staff shortage halt drive across India

Despite a Modi govt order in April to ensure polio immunisation drive continues, states have either not resumed it yet or have done so in an erratic fashion.

Why India’s experience in eradicating polio is unlikely to help in fight against Covid-19

India managed to successfully eradicate polio but the fight spanned decades and came with the help of a low-cost oral vaccine. 

Praised by Vajpayee, chosen by Modi, Harsh Vardhan will be tested by coronavirus

Is Harsh Vardhan up for what could be the biggest test of his political – and perhaps also medical – career? BJP's search for a Delhi face is not over yet.

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A Kia Sonet in India, 2020 | Wikimedia Commons

Pandemic, Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen, naysayers —Kia Motors entered India and beat all

Kia Motors claims to have sold over 5 lakh cars in India in just under 3 years. With new EV6 lined up, will the future be as electric for the Korean company?
Wheat being harvested at a village near Amritsar in Punjab | Representational image | ANI

Willing to ‘feed the world’ by summer, India may have to import wheat come winter

With wheat prices soaring, the government may have to slash import duty and impose stock limits, say traders and analysts.


The Flying Dolphin — how a former Indian Navy submariner qualified as a commercial pilot 

Vivek Chaudhary retired from the Indian Navy in 2017 after serving on the  Short-Service Commission. After that, his dreams took flight. 

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.