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Post-Polio Health (ISSN 1066-5331)

Vol. 31, No. 2, Spring 2015

 

India Needs to Focus on Its Polio Survivors

Neena Bhandari, Foreign Correspondent, India Voice, Sydney, Australia

The Indian Government, Non-Governmental Organisations and the larger community must invest in rehabilitating the unknown number of polio survivors facing new physical, social, cultural and economic challenges. India was certified polio-free by the World Health Organisation on March 27, 2014. Polio immunisation has been a great success story of public-private health partnership, but now we need to replicate this to improving the lives of people living with polio.

Unlike the developed world, many polio survivors in India are still very young. They will need treatment and support for many more years to come. Doctors, orthotists and physiotherapists need
to be trained to recognise and manage the debilitating effects of post-polio syndrome (PPS).

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