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Vaccination only form of protection against polio: Kapur

Rotary International, a non-profit global organization, has expressed concerned over the reemergence of polio in neighbouring countries in recent months with over 27 incidents of wild poliovirus being reported from different parts of the world including Afghanistan (2), Pakistan (19) and Mozambique (6).

“The detection of poliovirus, and even cases of Polio, in places where it hasn’t been found for years has demonstrated once again that eradicating a human disease isn’t easy, especially in the final stages,” said Deepak Kapur, Chairman, Rotary International’s National PolioPlus Committee.

“The re-emergence of polio in these places highlights the importance of vaccination as the only form of protection against Polio and many other diseases. It draws attention to the work needed to encourage people to get vaccinated at a time when vaccination rates are dropping in some communities,” said Kapur at a cycle rally held here to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s anniversary.

It’s been over a decade since the last case was detected in 2011 and 8 years to  India being declared Polio-free by  the WHO in 2014.

Satish Upadhaya, Vice Chairman, North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), said, “With knowledge about the disease, the ostracization of patients will end, allowing them to live a life of dignity and security.”

Among those who participated in the event included Himanshu Gupta, Director of Education, Delhi, Dr Ritu Choudhary, State Leprosy Officer, Padma Srinivasan, Principal, Delhi Public School RK Puram, Dr. N Subramanian, District Advisor Leprosy, District Advisor Polio along with representatives from LEPRA and ACRE.

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