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The Governments in Asia, particularly in India, have been trying to
eradicate Polio with the year 2000 as the initial goal of eradication.
From my experience of participating in the Pulse - Polio programme,I
realized, some of the problems were logistical like maintaining the Cold
Chain, whereas, others were related to the attitudes of the general
population who thought that their children were totally safe after single
dose of vaccine.Some even thought that the vaccine actually made their
In actual practice, particularly in Tropical countries with high load of
transmission of the virus, children need more number of doses of the
vaccination at regular intervals in order to prevent the spreading of
Large areas of India still remain mired with illiteracy,poverty and
poor infra-structure.Hopes of eradicating the disease depend not only on
improving the Health-Care system but also making improvements in the socio
- economic aspects of the lives of people like, clean drinking
water,improved sanitation and aboveall, education.
No competing interests
14 February 2005
Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,Derby DE22 3NE