Yesterday marked another major milestone in the world’s effort to wipe out polio – a preventable but debilitating and highly infectious disease. To date, major milestones in this effort reflected the progress in reduction of poliovirus transmission directly
through facts and figures such as: •Since 1988, the number of new polio cases has dropped more than 99% from 350,000 a year to just over 400 in 2013; and from 125 countries to only 3 where polio transmission has never been stopped •In 2012, the world recorded
the lowest number of new polio cases in history •In March of this year, India – once regarded as the hardest place to eliminate polio – was certified polio-free after marking three years without a single wild poliovirus case. •As a result of India’s success,
WHO’s South east Asian region (including 11 countries and representing 1.8 billion people) was certified polio-free.