Nepal set to become polio free country

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Kathmandu, Dec. 17: Nepal is in a position to become a polio free country as other South-East Asian nations.It has been more than three consecutive years since no polio-affected patients were detected.

The World Health Organization (WHO) gives certification of polio free country when no cases of polio were found in more than three years.

The WHO is declaring the South-East Asian nations including Nepal polio free in February, 2014.

At a programme organized by Ministry of Health and Populations, Child Health Division here on Tuesday on the eve of 15th National Polio Vaccination Day-2070, Division Chief Dr Senendra Raj Uprety said, ‘Polio-affected patients are not seen in Nepal for over past three years. Now we are in a position to get certification of polio-free country’.

In a bid to make Nepal a zero polio country, the Ministry is launching polio vaccination campaign in different phases.

The government is spending Rs 290 million to run the first phase campaign to this effect. On the occasion, Minister for Health and Population Bidhyadhar Mallik urged all sides to lend support to make the campaign a success. RSS

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