India has been polio free since almost three years, but in the next nine days, it will complete the WHO requirement of three years of zero polio cases to be officially recognized so. Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad announced this upcoming breakthrough at a medical conference in Ahmedabad today.
“When I took over as the health minister in 2009, India had 50 percent of the polio burden of the world. Today were are just nine days away from having an India that has been polio-free for three years,” said Azad while addressing at a meeting arranged by American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI).
The last case of polio was reported from West Bengal in January 2011.