Advertisement
Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021
Outlook.com

Twisted Healthcare

Polio eradication was delayed, derailed, and disr upted several times. After decades of struggle, when India won the war against the physically-debilitating dise ase, it perfected an efficient and effective public health system

Twisted Healthcare
Twisted Healthcare
outlookindia.com
2019-10-15T14:18:48+05:30

Reducing the number of polio cases from 200,000 each year to zero was a huge challenge, especially in a complex, sprawling and unruly nation like India. This is what the nation achieved in 2012 with the eradication of the dreaded and debilitating disease. For several years since then, the country’s hasn’t witnessed an incidence of the disease. The lessons that India learnt from polio enabled her to put in place a public health system that’s being used to tackle other diseases. It led to innovations and strategies to improve the health institutions in the country.

But the journey towards a polio-free India was long, hard, and arduous. It was full of mistakes, and blunders. This led to delays, and India achieved the polio-free status over a decade later than 2000, the target year that the World Health Organization (WHO) set in 1988 to eradicate polio globally. In 1988, polio was endemic in 125 countries, including India, and WHO launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in partnerships with the respective national governments, Rotary International, and UNICEF. It was possibly the largest global public health initiative.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Aryan Khan Drug Case: Bombay HC Adjourns Hearing Of Bail Petition Till Tomorrow

Aryan Khan Drug Case: Bombay HC Adjourns Hearing Of Bail Petition Till Tomorrow

Justice Sambre has once again adjourned the hearing. The Bombay High Court will hear the petitions of Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha tomorrow afternoon after 2.30 pm.

Mandi Bypoll: 'Do They Want Me To Become Sati?', Asks Congress Candidate Pratibha Singh

Mandi Bypoll: 'Do They Want Me To Become Sati?', Asks Congress Candidate Pratibha Singh

Pratibha Singh talks about her decision to contest the poll and carry forward the legacy of ‘Raja Sahib’, ex-Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh.

Neeraj, Lovlina, Chhetri Recommended For Khel Ratna

Neeraj, Lovlina, Chhetri Recommended For Khel Ratna

They were among 11 recommended for Major Dhyanchand Khel Ratna, India's highest sporting honour.

Pegasus Snooping Row: SC Cites 'Right To Privacy', Appoints 3-Member Probe Panel

Pegasus Snooping Row: SC Cites 'Right To Privacy', Appoints 3-Member Probe Panel

Stressing on the right to privacy, CJI Ramana said it was incumbent upon the Centre to seriously consider the use of such a technology.

Advertisement