Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

1/14/2014 (11 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

World Health Organization say nation has not reported a case of polio in the past three years

It's a heartening bit of news that confirms that diligence pays off. In the sprawling nation of Indian, where most of the population lives in dire poverty and without medical treatment, there have been no reported cases of polio within the last three years. The World Health Organization confirmed this figure this week, and says it's a significant milestone in the global fight against the disease.

In order to stop the growth of polio in India, millions of health workers, community mobilizers, and vaccinators were involved in the drive to immunize children with polio drops.

In order to stop the growth of polio in India, millions of health workers, community mobilizers, and vaccinators were involved in the drive to immunize children with polio drops.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/14/2014 (11 months ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: India, polio, immunization


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The last reported case of the wild polio virus was detected on January 13, 2011, in a two-year-old girl in India's West Bengal state.

Since it has been three years since any new cases means India can be declared polio-free. The dreaded, crippling virus now only remains endemic in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. These are impressive figures as there were 125 polio-endemic countries in 1988.

Join the worldwide fight against malaria by going here.

"We give huge credit to the government . it makes us extremely proud and highly responsible for having helped the government to reach this incredible achievement," Nata Menabde, the WHO's head in India told reporters.

"It has given confidence to donors, it has given confidence to and (put pressure on) governments of polio-endemic countries and it has demonstrated that persistent efforts can make a difference."

The WHO plans to officially declare India with the entire South East Asia region polio-free by the end of March, when the legal procedures for certification are completed.

Polio crippled thousands every year in rich nations before the introduction of medication in the Fifties. Polio attacks the nervous system and can cause irreversible paralysis within hours of infection.

Polio often spreads in areas with poor sanitation, which is a factor that helped it keep a grip on India for many decades. While children younger than five years of age are the most vulnerable, the virus can be stopped with comprehensive, population-wide vaccination.

In order to stop the growth of polio in India, Menabde said millions of health workers, community mobilizers, and vaccinators were involved in the drive to immunize children with polio drops.

Health workers targeted mobile families at bus stations, on trains and at construction sites, as well as at local festivals and gatherings. Some even travelled by foot to reach remote villages.

 "This is unprecedented in terms of scale. India is one of the toughest areas in the world for these kinds of initiatives, but many operational and strategic innovations have been implemented over the years (and) have been very important," Menabde said.

"For example we enlisted the help of clerics and imams when we were dealing with some resistance in Muslim communities who had an impression that the vaccination was a hidden sterilization effort and that it would lead to impotency."

The path to being polio-free for India came in increments. In 2009, 741 Indians fell sick with polio, nearly half the world's cases that year. The number dropped to 42 in 2010, and only one in 2011.

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2014
Christmas, hope for humanity:
That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will.
Parents: That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.



Comments


More Health

Forget the Fountain of Youth: New research discovers ibuprofen's potential to add 12 years to the human life Watch

Image of New research supports ibuprofen's potential to expand the human life up to 12 years.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

When people get older, people get sick. What if we could figure out why this cycle occurs, and find ways to intervene with the process? Perhaps, we can then find ways to extend the human health span. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Buck Institute for Research ... continue reading


Global life expectancy up six years from 24 years ago Watch

Image of Death rates from some major chronic conditions were on the rise, including liver cancer caused by hepatitis C, which is up 125 percent since 1990.

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

People, on average are living a few years longer than they did in 1990. According to a new study, the average global citizen lives to be 71.5 in 2013, which is up from 65.3 in 1990. Global life expectancy rose by 5.8 years in men and 6.6 years in women between ... continue reading


New plague panic? New strains of malaria appear immune to current treatment Watch

Image of Mass drug treatments have been tried before with varying success.

By Astrid Zweynert, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Ka Lar Nar caught malaria for the sixth time when he was working away from home on his small farm in the jungle of southeastern Myanmar but this time it was a lot harder to get rid of it. MIN SAW, Myanmar (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After testing positive for ... continue reading


Growing the Church in China

Image of

By John Smagula

The world's best teas are grown in China, but many of these teas are unknown in the United States. Remote tea farms in exotic locations produce teas that rarely reach the American teacup. Of the 1.75 million tons of tea that China produces each year, less than 2% is ... continue reading


Superbugs strike again: 10 million expected to die annually by 2050 Watch

Image of Drug resistant infections, like E. coli, are expected to resist more antibiotics, making infection prevention impossible.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Drug resistant infections currently cause 700,000 deaths worldwide each year. If something is not done to adamantly fight against antimicrobial resistance, a new study professes that number will grow. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Antimicrobial resistance will ... continue reading


If they can't heave health care than neither should you! The hidden agenda behind Obamacare! Watch

Image of President Obama's Affordable Care Act has failed utterly and completely. It has done nothing but harm the United States and its citizens through direct action and ignorance.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

When President Obama undertook his extensive campaign to pass the Affordable Care Act (ACA) one of his chief promises was that individuals were guaranteed the right to keep their current physicians, another was that the ACA would allow those on the new health ... continue reading


Explorer Christopher Columbus did not bring 'STD's' back to Europe Watch

Image of Christopher Columbus has a lot to answer for -- but according to some scientists, bringing syphilis from the new world to the old was not one of them.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus had a lot to answer for - but bringing back syphilis from the new world to Europe was not one of them. A skeleton excavated from a grave in Croatia has disproven this theory, suggesting that the sexually transmitted disease ... continue reading


GOOD NEWS: HIV's ability to cause AIDS weakening worldwide, study finds Watch

Image of Some 35 million people currently have HIV and AIDS has killed around 40 million people since it began spreading 30 years ago.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Just in time for World AIDS Day, December 1st. comes some most encouraging news: The world has finally reached "the beginning of the end" of the AIDS pandemic, a leading campaign group claimed today. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to a study of ... continue reading


Fountain of Youth discovered at last? Revolutionary wrinkle cream heralded Watch

Image of Created by Professor Chris Toumazou, Regius Professor at Imperial College London, among his many other accomplishments invented the cochlear ear implant, the artificial pancreas for Type 1 diabetics and the wireless heart monitor.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Emollients, moisturizers and facial scrubs are typically used by consumers to keep unsightly wrinkles off the face. Many forego aging gracefully and strive to maintain a youthful face well past middle age. Now, a brand new "wrinkle cream" which uses the client's ... continue reading


How the Obama administration just sued itself over Obamacare enforcement Watch

Image of Obamacare may be intended to have a disruptive impact on medical care, leaving the government as the only agency which can resolve the problems it has itself created.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Obama may face added backlash against his signature healthcare plan as leading CEOs are challenging Obama's "workplace wellness" programs. Although Obamacare has largely been popular with big businesses in the US, its interference with business practices are proving ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Samuel 1:24-28
24 When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, ... Read More

Psalm, First Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8
1 Hannah then prayed as follows: My heart exults in ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 1:46-56
46 And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for December 22nd, 2014 Image

St. Chaeromon
December 22: Bishop of Nilopolis, in Egypt. When the persecution was ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter