India continues to be polio free as the country has eradicated wild polio virus and the last case was seen on January 13, 2011. In last 5 years no wild polio virus has been detected.
Health authorities in India, on Wednesday, reiterated that India continues to be polio-free and asserted that there is no cause for alarm after vaccine-derived polio virus Type 2 was found in a sewage sample collected near Secunderabad station in Hyderabad.
The Telangana government, however, is unwilling to take chances. As a precautionary measure, the state would launch a special vaccination drive from June 20.
Stating that there is no need to panic since no case of polio was found in a radius of several kilometres from where the strain was detected, state Health Minister C Laxma Reddy said the special drive will inoculate nearly 3 lakh children in Hyderabad and neighbouring Ranga Reddy district.
“Health workers and staff will visit households and inform people about the special drive. We are appealing to people with children between six weeks and three years to get their children vaccinated in identified areas in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy (district),’’ the health minister said.
Nearly 2 lakh vaccines have been airlifted from Geneva and provision is being made for another 1 lakh vaccines, informed an official on the terms of anonymity.