Pulse Polio in India, a success!!

The government of India with a vision of eradicating poliomyelitis or polio from the country had initiated an immunization campaign during the period 1995-96. By this, it was intended to vaccinate all children under the age of 5yrs. This program has been receiving support of various international institutions, state governments and NGOs.
It is evident that the World Health Organization (WHO) had removed India from the list of polio-endemic countries. The country has been  declared polio free, officially. So far, for last four years not even a single case of polio has been reported in India, thereby  making India polio free.
What made India polio free?
Surely, the achievement cannot be credited to a single person or government alone; rather it is the result of collective work of many stakeholders. The celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan deserve credibility, undoubtedly. Media is not an exception for it played the key role in bringing awareness among the masses.
What’s next?
The first ever success makes us more responsible. More such initiatives are to be collectively undertaken to come out with flying colors. Facts reveal that any mission undertaken with a clear planning and execution will surely fetch the desired results. In order to get hold of desired results a well sketched plan is the primary requisite.
Who should be the stakeholders?
The success of pulse polio program let slips that though it is the government that initiated the program with a clear vision, many other stakeholders like NGOs, media, celebrities who promoted the program, and last but not least the parents of all children aged under 5years are collectively responsible for the triumph. In view of this, before planning for any other such initiative, this fact may be kept in mind.
Areas which can acclimatize the success story of pulse polio
The success of pulse polio program can be adapted by an area wherein a progress is intended. Project designing, execution and selection of the stakeholders are the three major areas which must be addressed well before the actual implementation.
Collectively, let’s all strive to eradicate all evils from our country!!

Published by sumankasturi


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