DNIS News Network -- A panel working on eradicating polio from the country has approached the government to seek help in its mission.
A committee comprising the Director General of the Indian Council for Medical Reasearch, Dr N.K. Ganguly, representative of the Centre for Disease Control, Atlanta, Dr Steve Kochi, WHO In-charge of the Global Polio Eradication programme, Dr Bruce Aylward and others, submitted a report to the Health Ministry recommending that President A.P.J. Kalam and Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee be requested to make public appeals through media to get national support for polio eradication.
The urgency lies in the fact that while high-risk areas like Uttar Pradesh
and Bihar were found to be "promising", Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
have been listed as the new risk zones. This outbreak in the southern states
demonstrates significant threat to areas that have previously been polio-free.
The committee has called the next six months "the most critical period
for polio eradication and also a period when strong government leadership at
all levels is most crucial."
The key recommendations of the committee are: