AFTER POLIO, INDIA ACHIEVES 2 PUBLIC HEALTH MILESTONES
In a landmark achievement, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has certified India as Maternal & Neonatal Tetanus eliminated and Yaws free country. The achievement has been brought to the country under the leadership and able guidance of Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda.
In this regard, the UNICEF and WHOSEARO felicitated Union Health Minister JP Nadda by presenting certificates for the same. India was declared Neonatal and Maternal Tetanus eliminated country in August 2015. Besides, it was also declared Yaws-free in May 2016. India was declared yaws-free after a team of WHO experts had found interruption of bacterial disease transmission in the country. India is the first country under the WHO neglected tropical diseases (NTD) roadmap 2012 to eliminate Yaws.
Yaws is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the skin, cartilages and bones. It is caused by the spirochete bacterium Treponema pallidum pertenue. It spreads by direct contact with the fluid from a lesion of an infected person
Maternal & Neonatal Tetanus eliminated means that mothers and newborns are free from tetanus at the time of birth. It was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after inaugurating the Call to Action Summit in 2015 on reducing child and maternal deaths across the world in New Delhi. India was validated for MNTE in April 2015, much ahead of the global target date of December 2015. It should be noted that this is the second milestone achieved by India in
I can proudly say that India has validated Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus elimination in May 2015, well before the global target date of December 2015. Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination & YAWS Free India are monumental achievements in the country’s efforts to achieve universal health care and address health inequities. public health sector after it was declared polio free country in 2014.
Commenting on the remarkable achievement, the Union Health Minister said, “Proud moment for India to have achieved these two momentous public health milestones. Following the success of polio eradication programme, these achievements reflect the dedication of the country towards achievement of health equity and universal health coverage.”
Hailing the efforts of health workers and other stakeholders, Nadda said, “This has been possible due to the commitment and dedication of the lakhs of health workers, various stakeholders and concerted efforts of planners and policy makers.” Congratulating all of them for this singular honour that country has achieved in a short span of time, the minister said that this accomplishment is significant as India has achieved this important milestone of being Yaws-free much before the WHO global target year of 2020.
The Union Health Minister further stated that India has shown the world that there is no such thing as impossible. “These are likely the greatest lessons, and the greatest inspirations for the rest of the world,” Nadda said, while appealing health workers to sustain this achievement of MNTE by strengthening health system; high routine immunization coverage and promotion of institutional/clean delivery/clean cord practices and effective surveillance system.
The gains in keeping India free from preventable deaths continues with introduction of newer vaccines such as Rotavirus vaccine, IPV, Adult JE and soon-tobe introduced Measles-rubella in the public health programme of the country, the Health Minister added.
Present on occasion, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Anupriya Patel said that this is a huge public health feat. “This has been possible through continued efforts of political leadership and hard