India achieved polio-free status in 2014 through vaccination efforts

BusinessLine March 31, 2024, 02:00 PM UTC

Summary: India achieved polio-free status in 2014 after a 23-year effort involving massive vaccination campaigns. Overcoming challenges like misinformation and difficult terrains, the country conducted extensive immunization programs, reaching millions of children. Today, over 170 million children are immunized annually to maintain this status. Collaboration with global partners was crucial. India must sustain vaccination efforts to prevent polio resurgence. Global efforts have reduced wild polio cases by 99.9%.

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