Polio Virus Detected in Hyderabad : Telangana Declares Global Emergency and Polio Vaccination Drive

Telangana state declared ‘High Alert’ for Polio after an active Polio virus is found in the samples of Sewage water, taken from the State Capital Hyderabad. Telangana state Government will launch polio vaccination drive to keep the India Polio Free.

The sewage water sample was collected near Secunderabad Railway Station. It was part of a routine surveillance in which 30 samples were collected from various parts of Hyderabad.

Polio Vaccination Drive in Telangana
Polio Vaccination Drive in Telangana

In Polio Vaccination drive by Telangana Government will vaccinate about 350,000 children ranging from 6 weeks to 3 years old in the weeklong campaign, which will start on Monday, 20 June 2016.

The relieving thing is that not a single child is found to be affected from the deadly virus in nearby areas. Rajeshwar Tiwari, Principal Secretary (Health), said that a vaccination drive will be launched next week after lab tests conducted on samples of sewage water collected in Amberpet area in the city revealed the virus.

On 27 March, 2014, India and other 10 countries were certified Polio Free by Unicef. The last case of the polio disease in India was detected in West Bengal in 2011.

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