World Polio Day

World Polio Day: Importance and current status in India


World Polio Day is celebrated every year on 24 October in the world. This day has been chosen to make people aware of polio disease.

Since the year 2014, and till now not a single polio case has been reported in India. In the year 2014 itself, the World Health Organization (WHO) had declared India a polio-free Nation.

On that pride moment, the WHO also congratulated the then Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan.

On the other hand, now the campaign of the central government against the corona epidemic in the country seems to be paying off.

The war against the Corona epidemic has now reached a turning point. The crucial milestone of 100 crore corona vaccine doses has been crossed in the country.

In his address to the nation, Prime Minister Modi thanked the people and health workers of the country for this. Along with this, Prime Minister Modi also mentioned important obstacles in the middle of the Corona vaccine campaign.

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The Polio campaign in India was going on for the last several decades and all the governments of India fought a long battle against it, but the Modi government got the honor of hitting the last nail as India was declared polio-free in the year 2014.

World Health Organization had praised India a lot

WHO Executive Director Dr. Michael Ryan said that India has shown the way to the world in fighting diseases like smallpox and polio. Dr. Michael Ryan said that like China, India is also a country with a large population.

He said that India had also shown the way to the world in fighting two serious diseases, smallpox, and polio.

History of World Polio Day

Rotary International began celebrating World Polio Day when Rotary International established World Polio Day on the birthday of Jonas Salk, a member of the team that discovered the first polio vaccine.

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Jonas Salk was born in the month of October. For this, World Polio Day is celebrated in the month of October. The first polio vaccine was discovered in 1955.

However, polio became more popular in the 1980s, when more than 1 lakh children were infected with polio.

At that time the World Health Organization introduced polio vaccination. Under this, vaccines and medicines are given to protect children from polio. Today many countries have become polio-free due to this vaccination.

When India was removed from the list of Polio affected countries

Polio vaccination was introduced in India in 1995. Whereas in 2012, the World Health Organization removed India from the list of polio-affected countries.

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There is a vaccine available to prevent polio, which is given to children. Along with this two drops of medicine are also given.

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