Alleged polio case surfaces in Badarpur
OT, July 17, 2012 11:39 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Badarpur
Health officials in Delhi were alarmed after two cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surfaced in Badarpur, south Delhi, a few days ago. The development as termed as a clinical symptom of polio has alerted the officials because a few months ago India was declared a polio-free country by the World Health Organization (WHO).
India was appreciated for tackling the disease well.
While addressing a polio summit, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had said and quoted by the media: “It is a matter of satisfaction that we have completed one year without any single new case of polio being reported from anywhere in the country. This gives us hope that we can finally eradicate polio not only from India but from the face of the entire mother earth. The success of our efforts shows that teamwork pays”.
That is why the surfacing of the AFP case forced officials into action.
It is understood that initially two minor children tested negative for the polio virus after stool culture report. Further investigations of the cases have shown that the two don’t suffer from polio but a clinical symptom of polio.
Report of another 8-year-old girl admitted at Safdarjung hospital a few days ago is still awaited.
The cases of polio are taken serious by the health department and a slightest suspicion leads to further tests to get the accurate result. Dr CM Khanijo, officer on special duty, Delhi pulse polio programme, told a national daily: “We conducted stool tests and clinical examination to look into the possibility of the child suffering from polio but the samples tested negative.”
All over the world efforts are on to eradicate polio in three years.
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