Polio

  • #YESIamThechange: A story of struggle and strength against all odds August 18, 2014

    Ramanlal Hiralal Firodia, a polio patient who fought all odds to achieve his goals. ...
  • Amitabh Bachchan open to supporting anti-tobacco campaigns July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has been long associated with campaigns for polio eradication in India, won't mind working on anti-tobacco projects too. The 'Bhoothnath Returns' star has been actively campaigning for polio eradication since 2002 and was appointed a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador with a focus on HIV/AIDS and polio...
  • Amitabh Bachchan happy with polio eradication from India July 20, 2014

    Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is the goodwill ambassador for polio UNICEF campaign, is happy that the disease is finally eradicated from India. The 69-year-old was appointed as the ambassador in 2005 and has since fronted their polio eradication programme successfully. "Polio eradicated from India.. An 8 year campaign with the...
  • Old-fashioned polio jab better than drops? July 11, 2014

    London: Re-introducing a type of polio vaccine that became unpopular in the 1960s could hasten eradication of the crippling disease, according to a new study conducted in India. The study, by Imperial College London and the Christian Medical College in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, suggests that the injected polio vaccine (IPV), which...
  • Government introduces 4 new vaccines in the Universal Immunisation Programme July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: There has been a big boost to the public healthcare sector with India deciding to introduce four new vaccines as part of the Universal Immunisation Programme. Three new vaccines will be introduced for children. These include the indigenously developed Rotavirus vaccine and those to combat Rubella and Polio....
  • India introduces four new vaccines in immunisation programme July 3, 2014

    New Delhi: India introduced 4 new vaccines as part of the Universal Immunization Programme on Thursday. Three new vaccines were introduced for children to fight the menace of rotavirus and rubella. For adults, a vaccine to combat Japanese Encephalitis was introduced, especially in high-priority districts. Speaking on the new development, Prime...
  • Ensure 100 per cent immunization for encephalitis: Harsh Vardhan June 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Concerned about the large number of encephalitis deaths in the country, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday asked officials to target 100 per cent immunization of children. The health minister said that the drive to eradicate encephalitis should replicate the Pulse Polio campaign. The minister's remarks came after the...
  • Pakistan: Polio vaccine a must for exit travellers May 14, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan will require all travellers leaving the country to obtain a polio vaccination from June 1, 2014, the health ministry said on Tuesday. A statement from the ministry said the restrictions comply with a decision by the World Health Organisation advising travellers of all ages to be vaccinated by next...
  • Pakistan's failure to fight polio sparks global emergency response May 6, 2014

    Geneva: Pakistan's failure to stem the spread of polio triggered global emergency health measures on Monday, with the World Health Organization (WHO) recommending all residents must show proof of vaccination before leaving the country. The emergency measures also apply to Syria and Cameroon, which along with Pakistan are seen as posing...
  • ACB books 16 medical department officials for fraud in Bundi March 29, 2014

    The ACB has booked 16 officials of Bundi district's Medical and Health department for embezzlement of over Rs 22 lakhs from National Rural Health Mission and Pulse Polio Control Programme funds. The 16 officials, including Chief Medical and Health Officer of the medical department, were booked on Friday following the verification...
  • WHO declares India polio-free March 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Completing three years without registering a single case of polio, the World Health Organisation on Thursday certified India as a country free of the deadly disease. WHO's declaration comes as a remarkable achievement for a nation that saw more than one lakh babies crippled every year. Until 2009, India...
  • Veer: Polio-afflicted Joginder Singh Saluja is champion power lifter March 21, 2014

    Aerated drink Thumbs Up has joined hands with its brand ambassador Salman's Being Human Foundation and CNN-IBN for the campaign, which has American India Foundation (AIF) as implementation partners. The initiative aims to reach out to PwDs with skill training and employment opportunities. It will also raise advocacy on issues...
  • US: Polio-like illness seen in up to 25 California children February 25, 2014

    San Francisco: A rare and mysterious polio-like illness may have afflicted up to 25 children in California, several of whom have suffered limb paralysis, and health experts were struggling to identify the cause of the ailment, medical researchers said on Monday. Since 2012, between 20 and 25 previously healthy children from...
  • Infant dies after being given polio drops, probe ordered February 23, 2014

    A six-month-old boy on Sunday died of suspected polio drop at Itunda village in Bhilwara district, a senior health official said. Quoting preliminary report, district Chief Medical Officer Mushtaq Khan said that Mohit Raigar first convulsed white bubbles immediately after taking suspected polio drop, and later he collapsed. Block Development Officer of...
  • WHO Director General on polio-free India February 12, 2014

    As India completes three years of being polio-free, World Health Organisation's Director General Margaret Chan tells CNN-IBN as of what worked in India's favour. ...
  • Five policemen, child killed in Pakistan blast January 22, 2014

    Peshawar: At least five policemen and a child were killed in a bomb blast that targeted a security van in northwest Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. According to police, the blast occurred near a police mobile in Sardheri Bazar area of Charsadda that killed six persons. Six others including two policemen were...
  • India completes three years without any polio cases January 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The World Health Organisation is set to officialy declare India a polio free nation soon as no polio cases have been detected in the country for the past three years. India celebrates the third anniversary of being polio free on January 13, the most successful public health story of...
  • After polio eradication, Big B wants women's emancipation January 7, 2014

    Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for polio eradication, is proud that the country has rid itself of the virus. His next focus is emancipation of the girl child. He hopes to achieve similar results as he helped for polio. "As UN ambassador for Girl Child, I hope and pray...
  • LK Advani praises Harsh Vardhan for pulse polio campaign in Delhi November 29, 2013

    Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Friday heaped praise on his party's Delhi Chief Ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan for running a successful pulse polio campaign in 1994 when he was Health Minister of the state. In his latest blog posting, Advani lauds Vardhan's initiative in launching the pulse polio programme in...
  • Delhi polls: Meet the doctor-turned-politicians of Congress, BJP, AAP November 15, 2013

    New Delhi: It is politics over health with both the BJP and the Congress fighting each other over credit for making the national capital polio free. This winter in the battle for Delhi, all three parties - the Aam Aadmi Party, Congress and BJP - are fielding high profile doctors-turned-politicians....
  • Harsh Vardhan writes to Bill Gates, lauds support for anti- polio drive November 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Delhi BJP's chief ministerial candidate, Harsh Vardhan who, as a minister in the 90s, had initiated the pulse polio programme in the city, on Monday thanked Microsoft founder Bill Gates for his support to the anti-polio campaign. In a letter to Gates, Vardhan appreciated his lavish praise of India's...
  • Gujarat: Modi inaugurates Muslim-run hospital in Kheda November 10, 2013

    Kheda: In a bid to woo minorities, BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated a multi-speciality hospital run by Muslims in Kheda in Gujarat. While addressing the people during the event, Modi asserted, "In last seven years we have not seen a single instance of...
  • Polio outbreak in northeast Syria risks spreading: WHO October 29, 2013

    Polio has broken out among young children in northeast Syria, the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed on Tuesday, and could spread inside and outside the country, where civil war has led to falling vaccination rates. The highly contagious crippling disease, transmitted via contaminated food and water, can spread rapidly among children...
  • Pakistan: 2 killed after a bomb explodes near polio vaccination team in Peshawar October 7, 2013

    A bomb that exploded near a polio vaccination team in the volatile northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Monday killed at least two people, and possibly as many as six, police said, the latest in a string of attacks against health workers. Islamist violence has been on the rise in Pakistan,...
  • Polio has been eradicated because of Rajiv Gandhi, says Chidambaram October 6, 2013

    Sivaganga: Crediting former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi for eradication of polio in the country, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said thanks to the national pulse polio programme no case of the crippling disease had been reported in the last three years. Inaugurating a special school for differently-abled children and vocational...
  • WB polio goof-up: 67 kids administered Hepatitis B, hospitalised September 16, 2013

    Kolkata: In a major goof-up, sixty-seven children were hospitalised in Arambag near Kolkata, after they were mistakenly given Hepatitis B vaccines instead of Pulse Polio drops on Sunday. 40 of them are still under observation. Four health workers have been suspended for the lapse. Panic spread after parents started complaining...
  • Maharashtra: Polio claims 11-month-old boy June 23, 2013

    Latur: In a severe setback to the government's efforts to make the country polio-free, an 11-month-old male child succumbed to the dreaded virus in a government hospital here on late Saturday, an official said. The child, Rohit R Shelke, who was detected as "polio positive" around two weeks ago, breathed his...
  • Pak: Gunmen kill woman polio worker, WHO suspends campaign May 29, 2013

    Islamabad: Suspected militants shot and killed a woman polio vaccinator and injured another in an attack in Peshawar city of northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, prompting the World Health Organisation to suspend its vaccination campaign. Two gunmen riding a motorcycle fired at the vaccinators at Badabher area on the outskirts of...
  • Human health is not a priority for our government: Dr T Jacob John April 26, 2013

    The week between April 24 and April 30 is marked as World Immunization Week. India has already weeded out Polio but several other life-threatening diseases remain. What should be the next priorities? Virologist and pediatrician Dr. Jacob John shared his perspective with IBNLive readers for an interaction on the issue. ...
  • WHO praises Bihar immunisation drive April 17, 2013

    Patna: World Health Organisation (WHO) appreciated the successful implementation of health programmes, particularly anti-polio and immunisation campaigns, in Bihar on Wednesday. The appreciation was expressed by WHO Representative in India Nata Menabde after a meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna. Praising the anti-polio campaign, Menabde said...