WHO declares Bangladesh polio-free

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WHO declares Bangladesh polio-free
« on: March 28, 2014, 08:50:18 AM »
Bangladesh is one of the 11 South Asian countries declared polio-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO regional office in New Delhi stamped the region as polio-free on March 27, 2014. It was a ‘public health milestone’ for the region. Bangladesh has been free of the disease over the past seven years, but it was only on March 27, 2014 that was formally recognised. WHO issues a certificate for a region when all of its countries remain polio-free for three consecutive years. India was the region's last country to report a case of polio in Jan 2011.

Bangladesh could achieve the feat by a strategic mix of routine immunisation campaigns, quality surveillance, regular observance of National Immunization Day (NIDs) and facilitation of strong multi-sectoral collaboration, said WHO. [Source: http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2014/03/27/25644], accessed on March 28, 2014

Sayed Farrukh Ahmed
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Business & Economics
Daffodil International University