Africa's po­lio progress

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

A YEAR has passed with Africa re­port­ing no new case of wild po­lio for the first time, says the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO). The last case was re­ported in So­ma­lia, a coun­try lo­cated in the Horn of Africa, on Au­gust 11, 2014. How­ever, vi­o­lent in­sur­gen­cies can hit the po­lio erad­i­ca­tion drive in the con­ti­nent. The present achieve­ment is a mile­stone even though Africa can­not be of­fi­cially de­clared po­liofree as yet. The progress made by Africa will in­ten­sify pres­sure for ac­tion in the Pak­istan and Afghanistan. Health ex­perts hope that by 2018, po­lio will be­come the sec­ond hu­man in­fec­tious dis­ease, af­ter small­pox, to be wiped out.

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