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Vigilance is essential to win polio eradication fight

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  • Writer: Samlee Plianbangchang
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Tomorrow India observes another year without reporting a single case of wild poliovirus for the second time in history. This was possible in part due to great progress made in the polio eradication programme of India, which was until 25 Feb 2012 the only polio endemic country among 11 countries of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) South-East Asia Region. 

As we recognise the tremendous achievements made and milestones reached, we need to emphasise how we reached this milestone and why we need to continue our efforts without faltering.

The success which brought us to this point was a collective effort and needs to be highlighted as proof that partnerships, when designed and implemented robustly, yield measurable results and have a positive impact on public health problems.

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