After new strain of Polio discovered, India pushes a vaccination drive for hundreds of thousands of children, to stop threat of new contractions.
Although India was declared Polio free in 2014, India is taking proactive measures to make sure that the disease does not make a return and hundreds of thousands of children are being vaccinated against the disease.
The proactive approach comes after the recent discovery of a strain of the disease that previous inoculations do not protect against.
The British Polio Fellowship is praising the Indian government for their quick response to this worrying discovery, saying that it will guarantee that another generation in India will not have to live with the life changing effects of Polio.
Although Polio was eradicated in Britain in 1988 this serves as a reminder about the ongoing efforts to support those affected by the disease here in the UK.
Since the eradication of the disease in Britain, thousands of people still live with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), which affects up to 80% of those who contracted the disease in their lifetime.
PPS is a neurological condition that has many damaging effects on those who suffer from it, including increased weakness, fatigue and pain. PPS can also mean a general reduction in stamina, breathing complications, sleeping issues along with swallowing problems and cold intolerance. the It is estimated that 120,000 people in the UK alone live with PPS. Although no cure currently exists for PPS, there are many treatments available to lessen its impact and slow its progression.
A spokesperson for the British Polio Fellowship commented, “The British Polio Fellowship welcomes the Indian government’s quick response to the potential risk posed by this new strain of the virus. This is being done as a precaution to conform with World Health Organisation (WHO) protocol and will not affect India’s Polio free status.”
They add “There is no need for such re-vaccination here. The ongoing issue of Polio in the UK comes in the form of Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) which just seven percent of the population have heard of. The British Polio Fellowship is committed to changing this and helping the medical profession and government alike offer better support to around 120,000 people in the UK living with PPS today.”