Nepal still at risk of polio, say stakeholders

Nepal still at risk of polio, say stakeholders

Nepal still at risk of polio, say stakeholders

The Rotary Club of Damauli organized an awareness rally in Damauli on Sunday morning on the occasion of World Polio Day. Photo: RSS

CHITWAN: Stakeholders have warned of the possible risk of polio in the country. So they stressed the need for all to come together to eliminate the viral disease.

Neighboring Pakistan and Afghanistan are yet to be free of the disease, thus increasing risks in Nepal, they reasoned.
They were addressing an event organized today here on the occasion of World Polio Day, 2021.

Stating that the failure of neighboring countries to get rid of the disease has much impact on the country, Rabindra Kumar Piya, Rotary District 3292 former District Governor, on the occasion said that the Club is at work to eradicate the disease from the country.

Advisor of the polio department at the Rotary Club, Sharad Gopal Nyachhyo said that the Club started the campaign to eliminate polio in 1953 while calling for all to join the drive.

Prior to the event, a vehicle rally was organized in a bid to create awareness against the disease. No new cases of polio have been found in Nepal since 2010, according to available data.

Launched in 1988 by the World Health Organization (WHO) the polio eradication campaign aimed to rid the world of the virus by 2000. But 33 years on and over $15 billion later, even though polio cases worldwide have been reduced by 99%, there are still isolated pockets of the disease. And unless every last case is removed, there will always be a chance that the infection will come back.

In Nepal, indigenous polio was eliminated in 2000 after the country responded to WHO’s eradication goal by adding polio to its successful campaign of vaccination against other diseases.

However, there were still polio cases in Nepal brought over the border from India. The last case of polio was detected in the Rautahat district in 2010, and Nepal was finally declared polio-free four years later.

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