Tuesday, 18 January, 2022
TopicPolio eradication programme

Topic: polio eradication programme

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.

Why Pakistan has been unable to immunise its population against polio

Pakistan saw 69 new cases of polio until September. It is one of the 3 remaining nations, including Afghanistan and Nigeria, where polio is still endemic.

Pak polio vaccination faces social media protest, Australian woman on cleanliness mission

Pakistan is one of the three countries besides Afghanistan and Nigeria where endemic transmission of wild polio virus still continues.

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